The Risky Steady State and the Interest Rate Lower Bound

52 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2016

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Timothy Hills

New York University (NYU)

Taisuke Nakata

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Sebastian Schmidt

European Central Bank (ECB)

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Date Written: 2016-02-12

Abstract

Even when the policy rate is currently not constrained by its effective lower bound (ELB), the possibility that the policy rate will become constrained in the future lowers today's inflation by creating tail risk in future inflation and thus reducing expected inflation. In an empirically rich model calibrated to match key features of the U.S. economy, we find that the tail risk induced by the ELB causes inflation to undershoot the target rate of 2 percent by as much as 45 basis points at the economy's risky steady state. Our model suggests that achieving the inflation target may be more difficult now than before the Great Recession, if the recent ELB experience has led households and firms to revise up their estimate of the ELB frequency.

Keywords: Deflationary Bias, Disinflation, Inflation Targeting, Risky Steady State, Tail Risk, Zero Lower Bound

JEL Classification: E32, E52

Suggested Citation

Hills, Timothy and Nakata, Taisuke and Schmidt, Sebastian, The Risky Steady State and the Interest Rate Lower Bound (2016-02-12). FEDS Working Paper No. 2016-9. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2732029 or http://dx.doi.org/10.17016/FEDS.2016.009

Timothy Hills (Contact Author)

New York University (NYU) ( email )

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Taisuke Nakata

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System ( email )

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Sebastian Schmidt

European Central Bank (ECB) ( email )

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Frankfurt am Main, 60314
Germany

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