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Identification of Monetary Policy Shocks in Japan Using Sign Restrictions within the TVP-VAR Framework

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  • Michal Franta

    (Czech National Bank, Economic Research Department (E-mail: michal.franta@cerge-ei.cz))

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This paper contributes to the discussion on the functioning of the monetary policy transmission mechanism in Japan during the past three decades. It extends the methodology of time-varying parameter vector autoregressions (TVP-VAR) by employing an identification scheme based on sign restrictions. This approach allows for an explicit account of the zero lower bound on the nominal interest rate. Results suggest differences in the transmission mechanism between the quantitative easing policy period and the periods when the call rate played the role of a monetary policy instrument. Monetary policy operating through call rate movements is found to influence output more than when it targets banksf balances held at the central bank. Monetary policy operating through quantitative easing is found to influence inflation, in sharp contrast to the previous literature.

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Paper provided by Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies, Bank of Japan in its series IMES Discussion Paper Series with number 11-E-13.

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Keywords: Structural vector autoregressive model; time-varying parameters; sign restrictions; unconventional monetary policy; zero lower bound;

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Cited by:
  1. Oxana Babecka Kucharcukova & Michal Franta & Dana Hajkova & Petr Kral & Ivana Kubicova & Anca Podpiera & Branislav Saxa, 2013. "What We Know About Monetary Policy Transmission in the Czech Republic: Collection of Empirical Results," Research and Policy Notes 2013/01, Czech National Bank, Research Department.
  2. Ugo Fasano-Filho & Qing Wang & Pelin Berkmen, 2012. "Bank of Japan's Quantitative and Credit Easing: Are They Now More Effective," IMF Working Papers 12/2, International Monetary Fund.
  3. Eddie Gerba & Klemens Hauzenberger, 2013. "Estimating US Fiscal and Monetary Interactions in a Time Varying VAR," Studies in Economics 1303, Department of Economics, University of Kent.
  4. Michal Franta & Jan Libich & Petr Stehlik, 2012. "Tracking Monetary-Fiscal Interactions Across Time and Space," Working Papers 2012/06, Czech National Bank, Research Department.

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