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Negative Interest Rate Policy as Conventional Monetary Policy

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  • Miles S. Kimball

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As long as all interest rates move in tandem – including the rate of return on paper currency – economic theory suggests no important difference between interest rate changes in the positive region and interest rate changes in the negative region. Indeed, in standard models, only the real interest rate and spreads between real interest rates matter. Thus, in most respects, negative interest rate policy is conventional. It is only (a) what needs to be done with paper currency, (b) difficulties in understanding negative rates or (c) institutional features interacting with negative rates that make negative interest rate policy unconventional.

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  • Miles S. Kimball, 2015. "Negative Interest Rate Policy as Conventional Monetary Policy," National Institute Economic Review, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, vol. 234(1), pages 5-14, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:niesru:v:234:y:2015:i:1:p:r5-r14
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    1. Kolcunova, Dominika & Havranek, Tomas, 2018. "Estimating the Effective Lower Bound for the Czech National Bank's Policy Rate," MPRA Paper 84725, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. repec:eee:jmacro:v:54:y:2017:i:pa:p:100-109 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. repec:pal:assmgt:v:18:y:2017:i:4:d:10.1057_s41260-016-0035-2 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    monetary policy; negative interest rates; unconventional; stabilisation; transmission;

    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
    • E42 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Monetary Sytsems; Standards; Regimes; Government and the Monetary System
    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects
    • E41 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Demand for Money
    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation

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