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Expectations and Monetary Policy: Experimental Evidence

  • Oleksiy Kryvtsov
  • Luba Petersen

The effectiveness of monetary policy depends, to a large extent, on market expectations of its future actions. In a standard New Keynesian business-cycle model with rational expectations, systematic monetary policy reduces the variance of inflation and the output gap by at least two-thirds. These stabilization benefits can be substantially smaller if expectations are non-rational. We design an economic experiment that identifies the contribution of expectations to macroeconomic stabilization achieved by systematic monetary policy. We find that, despite some non-rational component in expectations formed by experiment participants, monetary policy is quite potent in providing stabilization, reducing macroeconomic variance by roughly half.

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Paper provided by Bank of Canada in its series Staff Working Papers with number 13-44.

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Length: 70 pages
Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:bca:bocawp:13-44
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