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Using Interest Rates as the Instrument of Monetary Policy: Beware Real effects, Positive Feedbacks, and Discontinuities

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This paper discusses central banks’ use of the interest rate as the instrument of monetary policy, in light of a reconsideration of macroeconomic theory induced by the financial crisis and Great Recession. Three main guiding principles for the future conduct of interest rate policy are identified: beware real effects; beware positive feedbacks; and beware discontinuities. The paper also reflects on the use of policy targets as a “quasi-instrument” of stabilization policy.

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Paper provided by Trinity College, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1320.

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Length: 7 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2013
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Handle: RePEc:tri:wpaper:1320

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Keywords: Interest rates; monetary policy; central banking; New Consensus; Post Keynesian Economics;

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