Alternative Monetary Policy Rules: A Comparison with Historical Settings for the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan

42 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2000 Last revised: 18 Oct 2010

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Bennett T. McCallum

Carnegie Mellon University - David A. Tepper School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: June 2000

Abstract

This paper conducts counterfactual historical analysis of several monetary policy rules by contrasting actual settings of instrument variables with values that would have been specified by the rules in response to prevailing conditions. Of particular interest is whether major policy mistakes, judged ex post, would have been prevented by candidate rules. The rules studied include those of Taylor and McCallum, previously considered by Alison Stuart, plus several additional combinations of instrument and target variables. The time spans examined are 1962-1998 for the U.S. and U.K., and 1972-1998 for Japan. In addition to various substantive findings, the paper develops several methodological arguments. A surprising result is that rules' messages are evidently more dependent upon the specification of their instrument than their target variable.

Suggested Citation

McCallum, Bennett T., Alternative Monetary Policy Rules: A Comparison with Historical Settings for the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan (June 2000). NBER Working Paper No. w7725. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=232108

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