Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/27619
Authors: 
Löschel, Andreas
Oberndorfer, Ulrich
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 08-136
Abstract: 
In this paper, we analyze oil price impacts on unemployment for Germany. Firstly, we survey theoretical and empirical literature on the oil-unemployment relationship and relate them to the German case. Secondly, we illustrate this issue within the framework of a vector autoregression (VAR) approach for Germany. For this purpose, we use three different specifications in order to adequately address the uncertainty related to the construction of an adequate oil variable. Using monthly data from 1973 to 2008, we show that oil price increases induce a rise in unemployment in the German labor market. Moreover, for a restricted sample period for post-unification Germany, we oppose claims that the oil to macroeconomy relationship has weakened since the 1980s. However, our results suggest that it has become more important to construct adequate measures of oil price variables.
Subjects: 
oil price
unemployment
Germany
JEL: 
E24
Q43
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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