Supply-Side Policies and the Zero Lower Bound

31 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 2011 Last revised: 1 Nov 2011

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Jesús Fernández-Villaverde

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Pablo Guerrón-Quintana

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Juan Francisco Rubio-Ramirez

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta - Research Department

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Date Written: October 2011

Abstract

This paper examines how supply-side policies may play a role in fighting a low aggregate demand that traps an economy at the zero lower bound (ZLB) of nominal interest rates. Future increases in productivity or reductions in mark-ups triggered by supply-side policies generate a wealth effect that pulls current consumption and output up. Since the economy is at the ZLB, increases in the interest rates do not undo this wealth effect, as we will have in the case outside the ZLB. We illustrate this mechanism with a simple two-period New Keynesian model. We discuss possible objections to this set of policies and the relation of supply-side policies with more conventional monetary and fiscal policies.

Suggested Citation

Fernández-Villaverde, Jesús and Guerron-Quintana, Pablo and Rubio-Ramirez, Juan Francisco, Supply-Side Policies and the Zero Lower Bound (October 2011). NBER Working Paper No. w17543. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1950961

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