Belongia, Michael and Hinich, Melvin (2009): The evolving role and definition of the federal funds rate in the conduct of U.S. monetary policy.
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Over the past twenty years, the federal funds rate has evolved from being an intermediate target or indicator variable in discussions of monetary policy to the Federal Reserve’s (exogenous) policy instrument. How the funds rate is characterized has important implications for modeling, particularly in settings such as the popular Taylor Rule. Crucially, however, little investigation has been done to examine whether the funds rate meets the conditions one would require for an instrument of policy. This paper offers empirical evidence on the relationships among the federal funds rate, variables that might influence its behavior and variables of interest to monetary policy.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||The evolving role and definition of the federal funds rate in the conduct of U.S. monetary policy|
|Keywords:||federal funds rate; monetary policy; causality tests; reserves|
|Subjects:||E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E4 - Money and Interest Rates > E43 - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects
E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E5 - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit > E58 - Central Banks and Their Policies
E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E5 - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit > E52 - Monetary Policy
|Depositing User:||Michael Belongia|
|Date Deposited:||04. Dec 2009 23:22|
|Last Modified:||12. Feb 2013 20:46|
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