The Fed's Reaction to Asset Prices
Should central banks react to stock market prices? This problem has become fashionable again after the bubble of the 1990s and the following recession: if the Fed had reacted earlier to con tain the sharp growth in stock prices, might macroeconomic stabilization have been achieved? We present a new set of estimates showing that the Fed did react to stock market prices in the period 1988-2003. In particular, we find a significant lagged response for both real-time data and ex post revised data, as we would expect from a stabilizing leaning-against-the-wind approach.
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Volume (Year): 95 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 (March-April)
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