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An empirical investigation of the Taylor curve

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  • Olson, Eric
  • Enders, Walter
  • Wohar, Mark E.

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Taylor (1979) posited that a central bank faces a tradeoff between the volatility of the output gap and volatility of inflation; this trade-off has become known as the Taylor curve. Thus, the Taylor curve necessitates that the correlation between the volatilities of inflation and the output gap be non-positive for optimal monetary policy. Friedman (2006) challenged Chatterjee (2002) and Taylor’s (2006) view that the Taylor curve may be used as a policy menu from which the central bank may choose the level of inflation and output gap volatilities. To better understand the issue, we take an in depth look at the correlation between the second moments of inflation and the output gap through the lens of the Taylor curve. Our results reveal that macroeconomic performance is superior in time periods in which the Taylor curve relationship holds.

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  • Olson, Eric & Enders, Walter & Wohar, Mark E., 2012. "An empirical investigation of the Taylor curve," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 34(2), pages 380-390.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jmacro:v:34:y:2012:i:2:p:380-390 DOI: 10.1016/j.jmacro.2011.12.005
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    1. Eliphas Ndou & Nombulelo Gumata & Mthuli Ncube & Eric Olson, 2013. "Working Paper 189 - An Empirical Investigation of the Taylor Curve in South Africa," Working Paper Series 992, African Development Bank.
    2. Bogdan CAPRARU & Norel Ionut MOISE & Andrei RADULESCU, 2015. "The Monetary Policy Of The National Bank Of Romania In The Inflation Targeting Era. A Taylor Rule Approach," Review of Economic and Business Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, issue 16, pages 91-102, December.
    3. Baaziz, Yosra & Labidi, Moez & Lahiani, Amine, 2013. "Does the South African Reserve Bank follow a nonlinear interest rate reaction function?," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 35(C), pages 272-282.

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    Keywords

    Monetary policy; Taylor rule; Time-varying parameters; Inflation targeting;

    JEL classification:

    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • C32 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes; State Space Models

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