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Evaluating Monetary Policy Options

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  • James S. Fackler

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    (Department of Economics, University of Kentucky)

  • W. Douglas McMillin

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    (Department of Economics, Louisiana State University)

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We present a procedure for evaluating ex ante the effects of alternative paths of a monetary policy tool (the federal funds rate in our illustrations) on output and the price level within a variant of a widely used vector autoregressive model of the U.S. economy. This exercise is a supplement to, or even an alternative to, analysis that relies on a particular structural model. Illustrations of the method are provided by evaluating the effects of changes in the funds rate target. Additionally, the Taylor rule is used to generate target funds rates for different target inflation rates, and the effects of these are evaluated.

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Article provided by Southern Economic Association in its journal Southern Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 68 (2002)
Issue (Month): 4 (April)
Pages: 794-810

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Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:68:4:y:2002:p:794-810

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  1. Saghaian, Sayed H. & Reed, Michael R., 2. "The Impact Of The Recent Federal Reserve Large-Scale Asset Purchases On The Agricultural Commodity Prices: A Historical Decomposition," International Journal of Food and Agricultural Economics (IJFAEC), Niğde University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, vol. 2(2).
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  3. Leeper, Eric M. & Zha, Tao, 2003. "Modest policy interventions," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 50(8), pages 1673-1700, November.

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