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Monetary Policy and the Term Structure of Interest Rates in Japan

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  • R. Anton Braun

    (Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo)

  • Etsuro Shioji

    (Yokohama National University)

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This paper uses Japanese data to investigate the relationship between monetary policy and the yield curve. We compare and contrast the role of monetary policy under two perspectives. Under the liquidity effect maintained hypothesis monetary policy is an ineffective tool in altering long-term bond yields and doesnft account for much of the long-term variation in bonds of any maturity. Under the sticky price maintained hypothesis, however, monetary policy has large and persistent effects on the yield curve producing large hump-shaped responses in yields of all maturities. Moreover, under this hypothesis shocks to monetary policy and other macroeconomic variables are important sources of variation in long-term yields jointly accounting for 50% of the long-run variance of the 5-year yield.

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Paper provided by CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo in its series CIRJE F-Series with number CIRJE-F-252.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2003
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Handle: RePEc:tky:fseres:2003cf252

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  1. Andrew Ang & Monika Piazzesi, 2001. "A No-Arbitrage Vector Autoregression of Term Structure Dynamics with Macroeconomic and Latent Variables," NBER Working Papers 8363, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  1. Filippo COSSETTI & Francesco GUIDI, 2009. "ECB Monetary Policy and Term Structure of Interest Rates in the Euro Area: an Empirical Analysis," Working Papers 334, Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali.
  2. Shin-ichi Fukuda, 2008. "The Rise of China and Sustained Recovery of Japan," CARF F-Series CARF-F-135, Center for Advanced Research in Finance, Faculty of Economics, The University of Tokyo.

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