Cost-Benefit Analysis of Leaning Against the Wind : Are Costs Larger Also with Less Effective Macroprudential Policy?

Author/Editor:

Lars E. O. Svensson

Publication Date:

January 11, 2016

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Summary:

“Leaning against the wind” (LAW) with a higher monetary policy interest rate may have benefits in terms of lower real debt growth and associated lower probability of a financial crisis but has costs in terms of higher unemployment and lower inflation, importantly including a higher cost of a crisis when the economy is weaker. For existing empirical estimates, costs exceed benefits by a substantial margin, even if monetary policy is nonneutral and permanently affects real debt. Somewhat surprisingly, less effective macroprudential policy and generally a credit boom, with resulting higher probability, severity, or duration of a crisis, increases costs of LAW more than benefits, thus further strengthening the strong case against LAW.

Series:

Working Paper No. 16/3

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

January 11, 2016

ISBN/ISSN:

9781498314787/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2016003

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

76

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