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Testing for Asymmetries in the Preferences of the Euro-Area Monetary Policymaker

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  • Alvaro Aguiar

    (CEMPRE, Faculdade de Economia, Universidade do Porto)

  • Manuel M. F. Martins

    (CEMPRE, Faculdade de Economia, Universidade do Porto)

Abstract

This paper tests for asymmetries in the preferences of the Euro-Area monetary policymaker with 1995:I-2004:III data from the last update of the ECB's Area-wide database. Following the relevant literature, we distinguish between three types of asymmetry: precautionary demand for expansions, precautionary demand for price stability and interest rate smoothing asymmetry. Based on the joint GMM estimation of the Euler equation of optimal policy and the AS-AD structure of the macroeconomy, we find evidence of precautionary demand for price stability in the preferences revealed by the monetary policymaker. This type of asymmetry is consistent with the ECB’s definition of price stability and with the priority of credibility-building by a recently created monetary authority.

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Paper provided by Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto in its series FEP Working Papers with number 182.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2005
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Handle: RePEc:por:fepwps:182

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Keywords: Central Bank Preferences; Asymmetry; Euro Area; Optimal Control; GMM.;

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