The Greenbook and U.S. Monetary Policy

Author/Editor:

Robert Tchaidze

Publication Date:

November 1, 2004

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Although very attractive both theoretically and empirically, Taylor rules imply mechanical responses by the policy variable (interest rate) to fundamental ones (inflation and output gap). This study looks for empirical evidence of a more sophisticated monetary policy, one which takes into account expected future developments. An important piece of information added is the "Greenbook" forecast series, calculated by the Federal Reserve staff and which allow evaluation of expected inflation shocks. These shocks are significant in the estimated Taylor rule, confirming that policymaking is forward looking. This paper also demonstrates that a simple Taylor rule may be a misspecification if policymakers have in mind a timevarying inflation target.

Series:

Working Paper No. 04/213

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

November 1, 2004

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451874976/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2132004

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

23

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