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China’s Monetary Policy Communication: Frameworks, Impact, and Recommendations

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  • Michael McMahon
  • Alfred Schipke
  • Xiang Li

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Financial markets are eager for any signal of monetary policy from the People’s Bank of China (PBC). The importance of effective monetary policy communication will only increase as China continues to liberalize its financial system and open its economy. This paper discusses the country’s unique institutional setup and empirically analyzes the impact on financial markets of the PBC’s main communication channels, including a novel communication channel. The results suggest that there has been significant progress but that PBC communication is still evolving toward the level of other major economies. The paper recommends medium-term policy reforms and reforms that can be adopted quickly.

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  • Michael McMahon & Alfred Schipke & Xiang Li, 2018. "China’s Monetary Policy Communication: Frameworks, Impact, and Recommendations," IMF Working Papers 18/244, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:18/244
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    1. Bennani, Hamza, 2019. "Does People's Bank of China communication matter? Evidence from stock market reaction," Emerging Markets Review, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 1-1.
    2. Yiping Huang & Xiang Li & Chu Wang, 2019. "What Does Peer-To-Peer Lending Evidence Say about the Risk-Taking Channel of Monetary Policy?," CESifo Working Paper Series 7792, CESifo.
    3. Funke, Michael & Tsang, Andrew, 2019. "The direction and intensity of China’s monetary policy conduct : A dynamic factor modelling approach," BOFIT Discussion Papers 8/2019, Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition.

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