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The effect of the Eurosystem expanded Asset Purchase Programme on inflation expectations: evidence from the ECB Survey of Professional Forecasters

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  • Guido Bulligan

    (Banca d�Italia)

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This paper investigates the effect of ECB asset purchases on inflation expectations in the euro area, as measured by the ECB Survey of Professional Forecasters. To identify the effects on individual expectations we adopt a panel approach, where the Eurosystem Asset Purchase Programme (APP) shocks are used as covariates to explain the revisions in the individual inflation forecasts; controls for updates in macroeconomic and financial developments are also included. Our results indicate that the first APP announcement in January 2015 resulted in a statistically significant upwards revision of medium term inflation expectations and lowered the forecasters� assessment of the probability of a low inflation regime. The average effect however masks significant differences among forecasters: forecasters that were relatively more accurate prior to the announcement were also those who revised their inflation forecasts more markedly.

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  • Guido Bulligan, 2018. "The effect of the Eurosystem expanded Asset Purchase Programme on inflation expectations: evidence from the ECB Survey of Professional Forecasters," Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) 455, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
  • Handle: RePEc:bdi:opques:qef_455_18
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    Cited by:

    1. Joana Garcia & Nikolay Iskrev, 2019. "Inflation expectations in the Survey of Professional Forecasters: An exploratory analysis," Economic Bulletin and Financial Stability Report Articles and Banco de Portugal Economic Studies, Banco de Portugal, Economics and Research Department.
    2. Marco Bottone & Alfonso Rosolia, 2019. "Monetary policy, firms’ inflation expectations and prices: causal evidence from firm-level data," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 1218, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.

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    Keywords

    monetary policy announcements; event study; inflation expectations; unconventional monetary policy;
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    JEL classification:

    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • 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
    • E65 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Studies of Particular Policy Episodes
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading

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