Monetary Policy in Turkey after Central Bank Independence

32 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2015

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Refet S. Gürkaynak

Bilkent University - Department of Economics

Zeynep Kantur

Bilkent University

M. Anıl Taş

Bilkent University

Seçil Yıldırım

Bilkent University

Date Written: October 2015

Abstract

We present an accessible narrative of the Turkish economy since its great 2001 crisis. We broadly survey economic developments and pay particular attention to monetary policy. The data suggests that the Central Bank of Turkey was a strong inflation targeter early in this period but began to pay less attention to inflation after 2009. Loss of the strong nominal anchor is visible in the break we estimate in Taylor-type rules as well as in asset prices. We also argue that recent discrete jumps in Turkish asset prices, especially the exchange value of the lira, are due more to domestic factors. In the post-2009 period the Central Bank was able to stabilize expectations and asset prices when it chose to do so, but this was the exception rather than the rule.

Keywords: CBRT, fiscal policy, monetary policy, Turkey

JEL Classification: E02, E31, E32, E52, E62

Suggested Citation

Gürkaynak, Refet S. and Kantur, Zeynep and Taş, M. Anıl and Yıldırım, Seçil, Monetary Policy in Turkey after Central Bank Independence (October 2015). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP10904, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2682591

Refet S. Gürkaynak (Contact Author)

Bilkent University - Department of Economics ( email )

06533 Ankara
Turkey

Zeynep Kantur

Bilkent University ( email )

Bilkent, Ankara 06533
Turkey

M. Anıl Taş

Bilkent University ( email )

Bilkent, Ankara 06800
Turkey

Seçil Yıldırım

Bilkent University ( email )

Bilkent, Ankara 06533
Turkey

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