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Assessing monetary rules performance across EMU countries

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  • Carlo Altavilla

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The topic covered in this paper is the performance of different monetary policy rules used as guidelines in practical policy making. To this end, different rules are evaluated using alternative econometrics techniques. A comparative analysis is made of the ability of the rules to correspond to the historical central bank behaviour and of the volatility of output, inflation and interest rate changes that they imply. The study is conducted of the EMU countries. The results suggest that simple rules perform quite well and that the advantages obtained from adopting an optimal control-based rule are not so great. Moreover, the addition of a forward-looking dimension and of an interest rate smoothing term in the reaction function seems to improve the performance of the rules. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Carlo Altavilla, 2003. "Assessing monetary rules performance across EMU countries," International Journal of Finance & Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 8(2), pages 131-151.
  • Handle: RePEc:ijf:ijfiec:v:8:y:2003:i:2:p:131-151
    DOI: 10.1002/ijfe.199
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    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy

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