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New measures of monetary policy surprises and jumps in interest rates

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  • León, Ángel
  • Sebestyén, Szabolcs

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We propose new surprise measures to characterise two important dimensions of monetary policy. Our measures outperform the traditional monetary shocks in explaining variation of interest rates in the event-study framework. We also study the extent to which the ECB caused jumps in euro area interest rates. The new surprises still prevail upon the traditional ones. Jumps play a great role in the variation of interest rates and the ECB induced several jumps with its decisions, but its predictability has improved over time. We find that, although the surprise measures become somewhat distorted due to money market tensions during the financial turmoil, our model still provides an interesting insight into interest rate behaviour throughout the crisis.

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  • León, Ángel & Sebestyén, Szabolcs, 2012. "New measures of monetary policy surprises and jumps in interest rates," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 36(8), pages 2323-2343.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jbfina:v:36:y:2012:i:8:p:2323-2343 DOI: 10.1016/j.jbankfin.2012.04.014
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    Keywords

    Monetary policy surprises; Jumps; Interest rates; Principal components;

    JEL classification:

    • C58 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Financial Econometrics
    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies

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