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Nonlinear Monetary Policy Reaction with Asymmetric Central Bank Preferences : Some Evidence for Korea

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  • Kim, Sokwon
  • Seo, Byeongseon

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The paper considers asymmetric central bank preferences and nonlinear AS curve in the monetary policy reaction function to examine nonlinear property of monetary policy rules. The optimal monetary policy rules are derived in a new Keynesian macroeconomic framework where the central bank has the asymmetric objective function. The derived reaction function explains the nonlinearr eaction to the inflation gap and the output gap. The nonlinearr eaction function is applied to explain the determination of the interest rate in Korea for the sample peroid of inflation targeting September 1998 to December 2005. The empirical evidence supports that the objective of the central bank is asymmetric in inflation management. The evidence of asymmetric reaction to the output gap is relatively weak. The empirical analysis reveals that the central bank responds strongly to the positive inflation gap compared to the negative inflation gap.

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  • Kim, Sokwon & Seo, Byeongseon, 2008. "Nonlinear Monetary Policy Reaction with Asymmetric Central Bank Preferences : Some Evidence for Korea," Hitotsubashi Journal of Economics, Hitotsubashi University, vol. 49(2), pages 91-108, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:hit:hitjec:v:49:y:2008:i:2:p:91-108
    DOI: 10.15057/16518
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    1. Hyeongwoo Kim, 2014. "Estimating Interest Rate Setting Behavior in Korea: An Ordered Probit Model Approach," Auburn Economics Working Paper Series auwp2014-02, Department of Economics, Auburn University.

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    Keywords

    Asymmetric Preferences; Inflation Targeting; Monetary Policy; Nonlinear Reaction;
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    JEL classification:

    • 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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