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Did the Bundesbank Follow a Taylor Rule? An Analysis Based on Real-Time Data

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  • Jens R. Clausen

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  • Carsten-Patrick Meier

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Using a real-time data set for German GDP over the period from 1973 to 1998 we calculate various measures of real-time output gaps and use these to calibrate and estimate Taylor-type reaction functions for the Bundesbank. Most of the reaction functions we find fit the Bundesbank´s actual policy, as represented by the short-run interest rate, quite well. In contrast to previous findings based on ex post revised data for the output gap, we find the reaction coefficients to resemble quite closely those originally proposed by Taylor for some of our real-time measures of the output gap. Broad monetary aggregates such as M3, in contrast, only played a small role for the Bundesbank´s interest rate decisions. Given the good record of the Bundesbank in fighting inflation, the results give support for the use of the Taylor rule for monetary policy.

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Paper provided by Institute for Economic Policy, Cologne, Germany in its series IWP Discussion Paper Series with number 02/2003.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2003
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Handle: RePEc:kln:iwpdip:dp02/03

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Keywords: German real-time data; output gap; monetary policy rules;

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