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Measuring the natural yield curve

We generalize the concept of the natural rate of interest (Laubach and Williams, 2003; Woodford, 2003) by defining and estimating the the natural yield curve (NYC) - the term structure of natural interest rates. Our motivation stems i.a. from the observation that at times when central banks attempt to directly affect long-term interest rates (e.g. via quantitative easing) the gap between the short-term real and natural rate is no more a good indicator of the monetary policy stance. We estimate the NYC on US data, document its main properties and show i.a. that in the period 2008-2011 the NYC allows to better capture the US monetary policy stance than the short-term natural rate.

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Paper provided by National Bank of Poland, Economic Institute in its series National Bank of Poland Working Papers with number 108.

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Date of creation: 2012
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