Risk Shocks Close to the Zero Lower Bound

Posted: 17 Aug 2016

Date Written: August 11, 2016

Abstract

Large risk shocks give rise to cost-push effects in the canonical New Keynesian model. At the same time, monetary policy becomes less effective. Therefore, stochastic volatility introduces occasional trade-offs for monetary policy between inflation and output gap stabilisation. The cost-push effects operate through expectational responses to the interaction between shock volatility and the zero lower bound (ZLB) on interest rates. Optimal monetary policy calls for potentially sharp reductions in the interest rate when risk is elevated, even if this risk never materialises. Close to the ZLB, small risk shocks become ‘large’ in this sense. If policy is initially constrained by the ZLB, lift-off is optimally delayed when risk increases.

Keywords: Risk shocks, uncertainty, zero lower bound on interest rates, optimal monetary policy

JEL Classification: E52, E58

Suggested Citation

Seneca, Martin, Risk Shocks Close to the Zero Lower Bound (August 11, 2016). Bank of England Working Paper No. 606, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2824450

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