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The financial accelerator and monetary policy rules

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  • Gunes Kamber
  • Christoph Thoenissen

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The ability of financial frictions to amplify the output response of monetary policy, as in the financial accelerator model of Bernanke et al. (1999), is analyzed for a wider class of policy rules where the policy interest rate responds to both in inflation and the output gap. When policy makers respond to the output gap as well as in inflation, the standard financial accelerator model reacts less to an interest rate shock than does a comparable model without an operational financial accelerator mechanism. In recessions, when firm-specific volatility rises, financial acceleration due to financial frictions is further reduced, even under pure inflation targeting.

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Paper provided by Centre for Dynamic Macroeconomic Analysis in its series CDMA Working Paper Series with number 201115.

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Date of creation: 15 Dec 2011
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Handle: RePEc:san:cdmawp:1115

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Keywords: Financial acceleration; financial frictions; monetary policy.;

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