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Modelling Federal Reserve Discount Policy

  • Christopher F. Baum


    (Boston College)

  • Meral Karasulu


    (Bogazici University)

We employ threshold cointegration methodology to model the policy problem solved by the Federal Reserve System in their manipulation of the discount rate under a reserves target operating procedure utilized since October 1979. The infrequent and discrete adjustments that characterize movements in the discount rate instrument vis-a- vis the Federal Funds rate do not lend themselves to a linear cointegration framework. The inherently nonlinear relationship arising from the Fed's self-imposed constraints on discontinuously changing the discount rate is satisfactorily modelled as an instance of threshold cointegration between the discount rate and the Federal Funds rate.

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Paper provided by Boston College Department of Economics in its series Boston College Working Papers in Economics with number 335..

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jan 1996
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Publication status: published, Computational Economics, 11, 53-70, 1998.
Handle: RePEc:boc:bocoec:335
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