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Unconventional government debt purchases as a supplement to conventional monetary policy

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  • Ellison , Martin

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    (University of Oxford)

  • Tischbirek , Andreas

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    (University of Oxford)

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In response to the Great Financial Crisis, the Federal Reserve and the Bank of England have adopted unconventional monetary policy instruments. We investigate if one of these, purchases of long-term government debt, could be a valuable addition to conventional short-term interest rate policy even if the main policy rate is not constrained by the zero lower bound. To do so we add a stylised financial sector and central bank asset purchases to an otherwise standard New Keynesian DSGE model. Asset quantities matter for interest rates through a preferred habitat channel. If conventional and unconventional monetary policy instruments are coordinated appropriately then the central bank is better able to stabilise both output and inflation.

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Paper provided by Bank of Finland in its series Research Discussion Papers with number 3/2013.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 18 Feb 2013
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:bofrdp:2013_003

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Keywords: quantitative easing; large-scale asset purchases; preferred habitat; optimal monetary policy;

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