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Nonlinear Monetary Policy Rules: Some New Evidence for the U.S

  • DOLADO, J.J.
  • RUGE-MURCIA, Francisco J.

This paper derives optimal monetary policy rules in setups where certainty equivalence does not hold because either central bank preferences are not quadratic, and/or the aggregate supply relation is nonlinear. Analytical results show that these features lead to sign and size asymmetries, and nonlinearities in the policy rule. Reduced-form estimates indicate that US monetary policy can be characterized by a nonlinear policy rule after 1983, but not before 1979. This finding is consistent with the view that the Fed's inflation preferences during the Volcker-Greenspan regime differ considerably from the ones during the Burns-Miller regime.

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Paper provided by Universite de Montreal, Departement de sciences economiques in its series Cahiers de recherche with number 2003-24.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:mtl:montde:2003-24
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