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Monday, June 26, 2017

The Forward Guidance Paradox

Alex Haberis, Richard Harrison and Matt Waldron at Bank Underground:

The Forward Guidance Paradox: In textbook models of monetary policy, a promise to hold interest rates lower in the future has very powerful effects on economic activity and inflation today. This result relies on: a) a strong link between expected future policy rates and current activity; b) a belief that the policymaker will make good on the promise. We draw on analysis from our Staff Working Paper and show that there is a tension between (a) and (b) that creates a paradox: the stronger the expectations channel, the less likely it is that people will believe the promise in the first place. As a result, forward guidance promises in these models are much less powerful than standard analysis suggests. ...

    Posted by on Monday, June 26, 2017 at 10:14 AM in Economics, Monetary Policy | Permalink  Comments (8)


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