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Uncertainty about QE effects when an interest rate peg is anticipated

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  • Gerke, Rafael
  • Giesen, Sebastian
  • Kienzler, Daniel

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After hitting the lower bound on interest rates, the Eurosystem engaged in a public sector purchase programme (PSPP) and forward guidance (FG). We use prior and posterior predictive analysis to evaluate the importance of parameter uncertainty in an analysis of these policies. We model FG as an anticipated temporary interest rate peg. The degree of parameter uncertainty is considerable and increasing in the length of FG. The probability of being able to reset prices and wages is the most important factor driving uncertainty about inflation. In contrast, variations in financial intermediaries' net worth adjustment costs have little impact on in ation outcomes.

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  • Gerke, Rafael & Giesen, Sebastian & Kienzler, Daniel, 2018. "Uncertainty about QE effects when an interest rate peg is anticipated," Discussion Papers 12/2018, Deutsche Bundesbank.
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    Keywords

    prior/posterior predictive analysis; anticipated interest rate peg; parameter uncertainty; euro area; QE; PSPP; forward guidance puzzle;
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    JEL classification:

    • C53 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Forecasting and Prediction Models; Simulation Methods
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy

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