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Evaluating Monetary Policy When Nominal Interest Rates Are Almost Zero

  • Ippei Fujiwara

The non-negativity constraint on nominal interest rates may have been a major factor behind a putative structural break in the effectiveness of monetary policy. To check for the existence of such a break without making prior assumptions about timing, and to enable comparison between pre- and post-break monetary policy, we employ an identified Markov switching VAR framework. Estimation results support the existence of a structural break around the time when the de-facto zero nominal interest rate policy was resumed and the effectiveness of monetary policy is seen to weaken since then although slightly positive effects from monetary easing still exist

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Paper provided by Econometric Society in its series Econometric Society 2004 Far Eastern Meetings with number 620.

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