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The evolution of Federal Reserve credibility: 1978-1984

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  • Gikas A. Hardouvelis
  • Scott W. Barnhart

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A random coefficients Kalman filter model of the response of commodity prices to weekly M1 announcements indicates a gradual evolution in the credibility of the Federal Reserve as an inflation fighter. The October 1979 announcement of a change in monetary policy aimed at reducing inflation did not result in an immediate increase in credibility, and the October 1982 announcement of a policy reversal did not diminish credibility. Credibility does vary with the underlying rate of inflation, which shows that markets pay attention to policy results not simply policy announcements. Copyright 1989 by MIT Press.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of New York in its series Research Paper with number 8809.

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Date of creation: 1988
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fednrp:8809

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Keywords: Monetary policy - United States ; Inflation (Finance) ; Money supply;

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Cited by:
  1. Chan G. Huh & Kevin J. Lansing, 1998. "Expectations, credibility, and disinflation in a small macroeconomic model," Working Papers in Applied Economic Theory 98-01, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
  2. Willem Thorbecke & Hanjiang Zhang, 2009. "Monetary Policy Surprises and Interest Rates: Choosing between the Inflation-Revelation and Excess Sensitivity Hypotheses," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 75(4), pages 1114-1122, April.
  3. V. Vance Roley & Simon M. Wheatley, 1990. "Temporal Variation in the Interest-Rate Response to Money Announcements," NBER Working Papers 3471, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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