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Are Unconventional Monetary Policies Effective?

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  • Urszula Szczerbowicz

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This paper evaluates the impact of unconventional and conventional monetary policies in the U.S. on the Libor-OIS spread, long-term interest rates and long-term inflation expectations. To this purpose we investigate the behavior of selected asset yields on the days of monetary policy announcements. We find that liquidity facilities other than TAF reduced the three-month Libor-OIS spread. The QE1 purchases of longer-term Treasury securities and agency debt/MBS lowered long-term interest rates. Furthermore, we find evidence that the Fed's rescue operations and QE2 raised long-term inflation expectations. Our results show that QE1 and QE2 had different effects: QE1 reduced long-term interest rates without raising inflation expectations, whereas QE2 raised inflation expectations and did not lower long-term interest rates. We also consider the impact of fiscal policy announcements. We find that the government bailouts reduced the three-month Libor-OIS spread while the fiscal stimulus announcements raised long-term inflation expectations.

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  • Urszula Szczerbowicz, 2011. "Are Unconventional Monetary Policies Effective?," Working Papers CELEG 1107, Dipartimento di Economia e Finanza, LUISS Guido Carli.
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    1. Marek Belka & Jens Thomsen & Kim Abildgren & Pietro Catte & Pietro Cova & Patrizio Pagano & Ignazio Visco & Petar Chobanov & Amine Lahiani & Nikolay Nenovsky & Cristina Badarau & Grégory Levieuge & To, 2011. "Monetary Policy after the Crisis," SUERF Studies, SUERF - The European Money and Finance Forum, number 2011/3 edited by Ernest Gnan, & Ryszard Kokoszczynski & Tomasz Lyziak & Robert McCauley.
    2. Urszula Szczerbowicz, 2011. "Effectiveness of Unconventional Monetary Policies and their Impact on Long-Term Inflation Expectations," Chapters in SUERF Studies, SUERF - The European Money and Finance Forum.
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    Keywords

    unconventional monetary policy; inflation expectations; long-term interest rates; Libor-OIS spread; announcements effect.;

    JEL classification:

    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects
    • 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
    • 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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