Following Germany’s Lead : Using International Monetary Linkages to Identify the Effect of Monetary Policy on the Economy

Author/Editor:

International Monetary Fund

Publication Date:

April 1, 2005

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Summary:

Forward-looking behavior on the part of the monetary authority leads least squares estimates to understate the true growth consequences of monetary policy interventions. We present instrumental variables estimates of the impact of interest rates on real output growth for several European countries, using German interest rates as the instrument. We show that the difference between least squares and instrumental variables estimates provides bounds for the degree of endogeneity in monetary policy. The results confirm a considerable downward bias of estimates that do not account for potential forward-looking monetary policy decisions. The bias is higher for countries whose monetary policy was more independent of Germany.

Series:

Working Paper No. 05/86

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

April 1, 2005

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451861051/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2005086

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

39

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