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The Zero Bound on Nominal Interest Rates: Implications for Monetary Policy

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One of the most important factors that must be considered if countries are thinking about lowering the target level of inflation much below 2 per cent is the zero interest bound. Targeting inflation rates that are too low, the authors note, may restrict the ability of monetary policy to respond to economic shocks by limiting the amount by which interest rates can be eased. The size of the shocks hitting an economy, the formation of inflation expectations, and the conduct of monetary policy are also seen to exert an important influence on the risks of hitting the zero interest bound. The evidence that the authors review suggests that the probability of encountering the zero bound when the average inflation is at least 2 per cent are relatively small.

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  • Claude Lavoie & Stephen Murchison, 2007. "The Zero Bound on Nominal Interest Rates: Implications for Monetary Policy," Bank of Canada Review, Bank of Canada, vol. 2007(Winter), pages 29-36.
  • Handle: RePEc:bca:bcarev:v:2008:y:2008:i:winter07-08:p:29-36
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    1. Wenzlaff, Ferdinand & Kimmich, Christian & Richters, Oliver, 2014. "Theoretische Zugänge eines Wachstumszwangs in der Geldwirtschaft," Discussion Papers 45, University of Hamburg, Centre for Economic and Sociological Studies (CESS/ZÖSS).
    2. Freydorf, Christoph & Kimmich, Christian & Koudela, Thomas & Schuster, Ludwig & Wenzlaff, Ferdinand, 2012. "Wachstumszwänge in der Geldwirtschaft. Zwischenbericht der Wissenschaftlichen Arbeitsgruppe nachhaltiges Geld," EconStor Preprints 142471, ZBW - German National Library of Economics.

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