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Are Oil Prices Important To U.S. Manufacturers?, Austin Perez Schoff Jan 2017

Are Oil Prices Important To U.S. Manufacturers?, Austin Perez Schoff

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Very little has been written about the effect that oil prices have on manufacturing output in the United States. This paper aims to shed light about the effect of oil prices, oil imports, and GDP on U.S. manufacturing output through a four-variable vector autoregression and explain the timing of these shocks through impulse response functions. Empirical results find that oil prices are significant in determining manufacturing output, but manufacturing output is also significant in determining oil prices.