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The Fed’s Consistent Monetary Policy: A Long Term Perspective


  • Cornelis A. Los


This paper describes the Federal Reserve's analytical framework under Volcker and Greenspan, as it was constructed in the early 1980s, during a period of high inflation. It traces the modeling and policy implications of this framework. It discusses the Fed's actual track record and the state of the US economy in which the Fed operated and how the Fed's policies interact with US federal fiscal policies. It also discusses why the Fed ignoes the dollar's value and why it remains immune to party politics. The paper summarizes the author's perspective on US monetary policy. It is based on an address delivered by the author at the Second International Conference on Forecasting the Singapore Economy and Annual Review of Central Banking Policies in the Asia- Pacific Basin in Singapore on August 29, 1996.

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  • Cornelis A. Los, 2004. "The Fed’s Consistent Monetary Policy: A Long Term Perspective," Macroeconomics 0411011, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpma:0411011
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    Monetary policy; modeling; fiscal policy; dollar value;

    JEL classification:

    • C50 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - General
    • E42 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Monetary Sytsems; Standards; Regimes; Government and the Monetary System
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • E61 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Policy Objectives; Policy Designs and Consistency; Policy Coordination
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange

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