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How forward-looking is the Fed? Direct estimates from a `Calvo-type' rule

  • Vasco Gabriel

    (University of Surrey)

  • Paul Levine

    (University of Surey)

  • Christopher Spencer

    (University of Surrey)

We estimate an alternative type of monetary policy rule, termed Calvo rule, according to which the central bank is assumed to target a discounted in?nite sum of future expected in?ation. Compared to conventional in?ation forecast-based rules, which are typically of the Taylor-type with discrete forward looking horizons, this class of rule is less prone to the problem of indeterminacy. Parameter estimates obtained from GMM estimation provide support for Calvo-type rules, suggesting that the Federal Reserve targeted a mean forward horizon of between 4 and 8 quarters.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, University of Surrey in its series School of Economics Discussion Papers with number 0508.

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Length: 9 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2008
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Handle: RePEc:sur:surrec:0508
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