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The Zero Lower Bound, ECB Interest Rate Policy and the Financial Crisis

  • Stefan Gerlach
  • John Lewis

This paper estimates a monetary policy reaction function for the ECB over the period 1999-2009. To allow for a potential shift in interest rate setting during the financial crisis, we permit a smooth transition from one set of parameters to another. The estimates show a swift change in the months following the collapse of Lehman brothers. They suggest that the ECB cut rates more aggressively than expected solely on the basis of the worsening of macroeconomic conditions, consistent with the theoretical literature on optimal monetary policy in the vicinity of the zero bound.

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Paper provided by Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department in its series DNB Working Papers with number 254.

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Handle: RePEc:dnb:dnbwpp:254
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