Learning and Loss Functions: Comparing Optimal and Operational Monetary Policy Rules
AbstractModern Bayesian tools aided by MCMC techniques allow researchers to estimate models with increasingly intricate dynamics. This paper highlights the application of these tools with an empirical assessment of optimal versus operational monetary policy rules within a standard New Keynesian macroeconomic model with adaptive learning. The question of interest is which of the two policy rules - contemporaneous data or expectations of current variables - better describes the policy undertaken by the U.S. central bank. Results for the data period 1954:III to 2007:I indicate that the data strongly favors contemporaneous expectations over real time data.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Ursinus College, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 14-01.
Date of creation: 12 Jul 2012
Date of revision: 14 Dec 2013
Publication status: Published
Adaptive Learning; Rational Expectations; Bayesian Econometrics; MCMC;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
- D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search, Learning, and Information
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