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The Monetary Policy Committee's reaction function: an exercise in estimation

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    Almost all economists know the story about the (drunk) person searching for his lost wallet in the night under the lamp-post, not because that was the most likely place to have dropped his wallet, but because that was where the light was. I shall argue here that this story is fitting in the case of Taylor-type Central Bank reaction functions. These functions indicate how Central Banks might adjust interest rates in response to deviations of current inflation and current output from some desired level, so that, it = a + b(ðt - ð*) + b2yt + b3it-1 (1) where i is the nominal interest rate, ð the current rate of inflation, y is the estimated output gap, and the final term (b3it-1) is usually included to account for the empirical evidence of auto-correlation in the time path of interest rates.

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    Paper provided by London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library in its series LSE Research Online Documents on Economics with number 24708.

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    Length: 49 pages
    Date of creation: May 2004
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    Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:24708

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    1. Carlos Montoro, 2007. "Why Central Banks Smooth Interest Rates? A Political Economy Explanation," Working Papers 2007-003, Banco Central de Reserva del Perú.
    2. Carlos Montoro, 2007. "Monetary Policy Committees and Interest Rate Smoothing," CEP Discussion Papers dp0780, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.

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