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The Meta Taylor Rule

  • Kevin Lee, James Morley and Kalvinder Sheields

This paper provides a characterisation of U.S. monetary policy within a generalized Taylor rule framework that accommodates uncertainties about the duration of policy regimes and the specification of the rule, in addition to the standard parameter and stochastic uncertainties inherent in traditional Taylor rule analysis. Our approach involves estimation and inference based on Taylor rules obtained through standard linear regression methods, but combined using Bayesian model averaging techniques. Employing data that were available in real time, the estimated version of the ‘meta’ Taylor rule provides a flexible but compelling characterisation of monetary policy in the United States over the last forty years.

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Paper provided by The University of Melbourne in its series Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number 1131.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:mlb:wpaper:1131
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