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Estimating Monetary Policy Rules When Nominal Interest Rates Are Stuck at Zero

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  • Jinill Kim

    (Department of Economics, Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea)

  • Seth Pruitt

    (Federal Reserve Board)

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Did the Federal Reserve's response to economic fundamentals change with the onset of the Global Financial Crisis? Estimation of a monetary policy rule to answer this question faces a censoring problem since the interest rate target has been set at the zero lower bound since late 2008. Surveys by forecasters allow us to sidestep the problem and to use conventional regressions and break tests. We nd that the Fed's in ation response has decreased and that the unemployment response has remained as strong, which suggests that the Federal Reserve's commitment to stable in ation has become weaker in the eyes of the professional forecasters.

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  • Jinill Kim & Seth Pruitt, 2015. "Estimating Monetary Policy Rules When Nominal Interest Rates Are Stuck at Zero," Discussion Paper Series 1502, Institute of Economic Research, Korea University.
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    Keywords

    monetary policy; policy rule; zero lower bound; survey data; market perceptions; censoring; Tobit; Blue Chip survey;
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    • E53 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Deposit Insurance
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies

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