Panacea, Curse, or Nonevent? Unconventional Monetary Policy in the United Kingdom

 
Author/Editor: Meier, André
 
Publication Date: August 01, 2009
 
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Summary: The Bank of England's current "quantitative easing" strategy has given rise to a controversial debate about the effects and risks of unconventional monetary policy. The present paper makes two contributions to this debate. First, it provides a systematic overview of unconventional policy options, drawing from existing theoretical and empirical studies. Against this backdrop, it then analyzes the BoE's specific policies, discussing their effectiveness so far and putting them into a cross-country context. Tentative evidence on the BoE's quantitative easing is moderately encouraging, although the strategy is neither guaranteed to succeed nor as perilous as some of its detractors claim.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 09/163
Subject(s): Asset management | Bonds | Capital markets | Central bank policy | Credit controls | Credit risk | Cross country analysis | Financial risk | Inflation | Interest rate policy | Liquidity management | Monetary policy | Risk management | United Kingdom

Author's Keyword(s): Unconventional monetary policy | liquidity trap | zero bound | quantitative easing
 
English
Publication Date: August 01, 2009
Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2009163 Pages: 47
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