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Assessing the Lucas critique in monetary policy models

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  • Glenn D. Rudebusch

Empirical estimates of monetary policy rules suggest that the behavior of U.S. monetary policymakers changed during the past few decades. However, at the same time, statistical analyses of lagged representations of the economy, such as VARs, often have not rejected the null of structural stability. These two sets of empirical results appear to contradict the Lucas critique. This paper provides a reconciliation by showing that the apparent policy invariance of reduced forms is consistent with the magnitude of historical policy shifts and the relative insensitivity of the reduced forms of plausible forward-looking macroeconomic specifications to policy shifts.

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Date of creation: 2002
Publication status: Published in Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, v. 37, no. 2 (April 2005) pp. 245-272
Handle: RePEc:fip:fedfwp:2002-02
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