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Does the Liquidity Trap Exist?

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  • Stéphane Lhuissier
  • Benoît Mojon
  • Juan Rubio-Ramírez

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The liquidity trap is synonymous with ineffective monetary policy. The common wisdom is that, as the short-term interest rate nears its effective lower bound, monetary policy cannot do much to stimulate the economy. However, central banks have resorted to alternative instruments, such as QE, credit easing and forward guidance. Using state-ofthe-art estimates of the effects of monetary policy, we show that monetary easing stimulates output and inflation, also during the period when short-term interest rates are near their lower bound. These results are consistent across the United States, the euro area and Japan.

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  • Stéphane Lhuissier & Benoît Mojon & Juan Rubio-Ramírez, 2020. "Does the Liquidity Trap Exist?," Working Papers 2020-04, FEDEA.
  • Handle: RePEc:fda:fdaddt:2020-04
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    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy

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