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How forward-looking is the Fed? Direct estimates from a 'Calvo-type' rule

  • Gabriel, Vasco J.
  • Levine, Paul
  • Spencer, Christopher

We estimate an alternative type of monetary policy rule according to which the central bank targets a discounted infinite sum of expected inflation and output gaps. Empirical results suggest that the Fed has a mean forward horizon of 4 to 8 quarters.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 104 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 (August)
Pages: 92-95

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:104:y:2009:i:2:p:92-95
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