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Structural reforms at the zero bound

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This paper uses the European Commission’s QUEST macroeconomic model to analyse the impact of structural reforms on economic activity in an environment in which the zero bound on monetary policy rates is temporarily binding. The simulations suggest that although such reforms can have a negative impact on economic activity in the short run, these effects tend to be small and short-lived when a variety of transmission channels are considered. The results also do not support the idea that postponing structural reforms improves economic conditions, in such and environment.

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  • Lukas Vogel, 2014. "Structural reforms at the zero bound," European Economy - Economic Papers 2008 - 2015 537, Directorate General Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN), European Commission.
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    • E20 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • E30 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • E60 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - General
    • F40 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - General

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