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What Drives the FOMC's Dot Plots?

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  • Gerlach, Stefan
  • Stuart, Rebecca

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The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) releases quarterly its members' views about what federal funds rate will be appropriate at the end of the current and the next two or three years, and in the "longer run." We construct constant horizon interest rate projections one, two and three years ahead and use real-time data on 32 variables to study how these variables impact on the FOMC's interest-rate setting. News regarding the labour market is particularly important. At the shortest horizon, prices and financial market news is also significant; at longer horizons, household's financial situation also matters.

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  • Gerlach, Stefan & Stuart, Rebecca, 2018. "What Drives the FOMC's Dot Plots?," CEPR Discussion Papers 13117, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:13117
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    1. Gerlach, Stefan & Stuart, Rebecca, 2016. "Joining the Dots: The FOMC and the future path of policy rates," Research Technical Papers 08/RT/16, Central Bank of Ireland.
    2. repec:eee:jmacro:v:60:y:2019:i:c:p:198-211 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Gerlach, Stefan & Stuart, Rebecca, 2019. "Plotting interest rates: The FOMC's projections and the economy," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 60(C), pages 198-211.
    4. Nechio, Fernanda & Rudebusch, Glenn D., 2016. "Has the Fed Fallen behind the Curve This Year?," FRBSF Economic Letter, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
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    Keywords

    Federal Reserve; interest rate expectations; interpolation; monetary policy;

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    • 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

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