The Use and Abuse of Taylor Rules : How Precisely Can We Estimate Them?

Author/Editor:

Robert Tchaidze ; Alina Carare

Publication Date:

July 1, 2005

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper draws attention to inconsistencies in estimating simple monetary policy rules and their implications for policy advice. We simulate a macroeconomic model with a backward reaction function similar to Taylor (1993). We estimate different versions of a policy rule, using these simulated data. Under certain circumstances, estimations document an illusionary presence of a lagged interest rate, or of forward-looking behavior. Our results are consistent with the fact that several authors found very different versions of monetary policy rules, all fitting the U.S. data well. We also survey the literature, providing a list of issues complicating practical use of Taylor rules.

Series:

Working Paper No. 05/148

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

July 1, 2005

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451861679/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2005148

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

30

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