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The Fed's Reaction to Asset Prices

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  • Zeno Rotondi

    () (Capitalia, Roma e Università di Ferrara)

  • Giacomo Vaciago

    () (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano)

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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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  • Zeno Rotondi & Giacomo Vaciago, 2005. "The Fed's Reaction to Asset Prices," Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI Spa, vol. 95(2), pages 221-244, March-Apr.
  • Handle: RePEc:rpo:ripoec:v:95:y:2005:i:2:p:221-244
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    1. Yosra Baaziz, 2015. "Estimating Interest Rate Setting Behavior in Brazil: A LSTR Model Approach," Economies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 3(2), pages 1-17, April.
    2. Castro, Vítor, 2008. "Are Central Banks following a linear or nonlinear (augmented) Taylor rule?," The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) 872, University of Warwick, Department of Economics.
    3. Driffill, John & Rotondi, Zeno & Savona, Paolo & Zazzara, Cristiano, 2006. "Monetary policy and financial stability: What role for the futures market?," Journal of Financial Stability, Elsevier, vol. 2(1), pages 95-112, April.
    4. Vítor, Castro, 2011. "Can central banks' monetary policy be described by a linear (augmented) Taylor rule or by a nonlinear rule?," Journal of Financial Stability, Elsevier, vol. 7(4), pages 228-246, December.

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    JEL classification:

    • D84 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Expectations; Speculations
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • 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
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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