A note on the optimal level of monetary aggregation in the United Kingdom

C. Thomas Elger*, Barry E. Jones, David L. Edgerton, Jane M. Binner

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    Abstract

    Weak separability is a key admissibility property in the Divisia approach to monetary aggregation. We test groups of U.K. household sector monetary assets for weak separability using new data underlying the Bank of England's benchmark revision of its household sector Divisia index. Nonparametric tests are used to identify four monetary asset groupings, which are weakly separable over all or almost all of the post-ERM period (1992:4-2005:1). We construct Divisia monetary aggregates for these four groupings and investigate their information content in two applications. The main findings are that Divisia money has direct effects on aggregate demand and that the growth rates of the nominal Divisia monetary aggregates Granger cause nominal output growth, but not inflation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)117-131
    Number of pages15
    JournalMacroeconomic Dynamics
    Volume12
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008

    Keywords

    • Monetary aggregation
    • Nonparametric tests
    • Weak separability

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