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The Response of Term Rates to Monetary Policy Uncertainty

  • Kevin Salyer
  • Oscar Jorda

    (Department of Economics, University of California Davis)

This paper shows that greater uncertainty about monetary policy can lead to a decline in nominal interest rates. In the context of a limited participation model, monetary policy uncertainty is modeled as a mean-preserving spread in the distribution for the money growth process. This increase in uncertainty lowers the yield on short-term maturity bonds because the household sector responds by increasing liquidity in the banking sector. Long-term maturity bonds also have lower yields but this decrease is a result of the effect that greater uncertainty has on the nominal intertemporal rate of substitution - which is a convex function of money growth. These predictions are broadly supported by the data: the conditional variance of monetary policy shocks identified from a conventional monetary VAR negatively affects the yields of federal funds, and the three and six-month treasury bills.

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Paper provided by University of California, Davis, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 16.

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Length: 33
Date of creation: 16 Jan 2003
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Handle: RePEc:cda:wpaper:01-6
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