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Speed Limit Policy and Liquidity Traps

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  • Taisuke Nakata

    (University of Tokyo)

  • Sebastian Schmidt

    (European Central Bank)

  • Paul Yoo

    (UNC Kenan-Flagler)

Abstract

The zero lower bound (ZLB) constraint on interest rates makes speed limit policies(SLPs) - policies aimed at stabilizing the output growth - less effective. Away from the ZLB, the history dependence induced by a concern for output growth stabilization improves the inflation-output tradeoff for a discretionary central bank. However, in the aftermath of a deep recession with a binding ZLB, a central bank with an objective for output growth stabilization aims to engineer a more gradual increase in output than under the standard discretionary policy. The anticipation of a more restrained recovery exacerbates the declines in inflation and output when the lower bound is binding.

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  • Taisuke Nakata & Sebastian Schmidt & Paul Yoo, 2020. "Speed Limit Policy and Liquidity Traps," CARF F-Series CARF-F-480, Center for Advanced Research in Finance, Faculty of Economics, The University of Tokyo.
  • Handle: RePEc:cfi:fseres:cf480
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    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • E61 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Policy Objectives; Policy Designs and Consistency; Policy Coordination

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