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Describing The Fed’S Conduct With Taylor Rules: Is Interest Rate Smoothing Important?

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  • Efrem Castelnuovo

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In this paper, the author employs models in level and first differences to gain some insights into the presence and significance of the degree of partial adjustment as opposed to a serially correlated policy shock in simple Taylor (1993) rules. In performing the exercise, the author considers potentially important, and usually omitted, regressors such as the quadratic output gap and the credit spread. While it cannot be excluded that serially correlated policy shocks may play a role in describing the federal funds rate path, the findings significantly support the importance of the lagged interest rate also in the 'enriched' Taylor-type models.

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  • Efrem Castelnuovo, 2006. "Describing The Fed’S Conduct With Taylor Rules: Is Interest Rate Smoothing Important?," The IUP Journal of Monetary Economics, IUP Publications, vol. 0(3), pages 57-77, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:icf:icfjmo:v:04:y:2006:i:3:p:57-77
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    • E4 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates
    • E5 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit
    • E4 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates
    • E5 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit

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