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The Taylor Rule and “Opportunistic” Monetary Policy

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  • Helle Bunzel

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    (Department of Economics, Iowa State University and CREATES)

  • Walter Enders

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    (Department of Economics, Finance & Legal Studies, University of Alabama)

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We investigate the possibility that the Taylor rule should be formulated as a threshold process such that the Federal Reserve acts more aggressively in some circumstances than in others. It seems reasonable that the Federal Reserve would act more aggressively when inflation is high than when it is low. Similarly, it might be expected that the Federal Reserve responds more to a negative than a positive output gap. Although these specifications receive some empirical support, we find that a modified threshold model that is consistent with “opportunistic” monetary policy makes significant progress towards explaining Federal Reserve behavior.

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Paper provided by School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus in its series CREATES Research Papers with number 2010-04.

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Date of creation: 06 Dec 2009
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Keywords: Threshold regression; Nonlinear Taylor rule; Opportunistic Monetary Policy;

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