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ECB Monetary Policy Rule: Some Theory and Empirical Evidence

This paper estimates different monetary policy rules for the ECB with montly data during the period 1999.04-2002.02. The results show that the ECB exhibits a rather conservative behavior: a 1 percentage point increase in the inflation rate above its target brings about a 1,2 percentage point increase in the interest rate. Like the FED, its policy is influenced by real activity. The Bank also smoothes changes in interest rates over time. Despite the announced money growth "reference value", it does not reacts to changes in M3 growth rates.

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Paper provided by ESSEC Research Center, ESSEC Business School in its series ESSEC Working Papers with number DR 02008.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2002
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Handle: RePEc:ebg:essewp:dr-02008
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