The Impact of the Euro Area Macroeconomy on Global Commodity Prices

Monika Papież, Sławomir Śmiech, Marek A. Dąbrowski

Abstract


The aim of this paper is to analyse the links between real and financial processes in the euro area and energy and non-energy commodity prices. Monthly data spanning 1997:1 to 2013:12 and the structural VAR model are used to uncover the relationship between global commodity prices and the euro area economy. The analysis is performed for three sub-periods in order to capture potential changes in this relationship over time. The main finding is that commodity prices in the euro area do not respond to impulses from production (economic activity), whereas commodity prices strongly react to impulses from financial processes, i.e. interest rates in the euro area and the exchange rate of the dollar against the euro, especially in the run-up to the global financial crisis. The study also provides evidence of a tightening relationship between energy and non-energy commodity prices.

Keywords


commodity prices, real economy, financial market, structural vector autoregression model

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.15678/AOC.2016.1403