Expectation and Duration at the Effective Lower Bound

59 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2016 Last revised: 19 Aug 2018

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Thomas B. King

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

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Date Written: 2016-11-30


I study unconventional monetary policy in a structural model of risk-averse arbitrage, augmented with an effective lower bound (ELB) on nominal rates. The model exposes nonlinear interactions among short-rate expectations, bond supply, and term premia that are absent from models that ignore the ELB, and these features help it replicate the recent behavior of long-term yields, including event-study evidence on the responses to unconventional policy. When the model is calibrated to long-run moments of the yield curve and subjected to shocks approximating the size of the Federal Reserve’s forward guidance and asset purchases, it implies that those policies worked primarily by changing the anticipated path of short-term interest rates, not by lowering investors’ exposures to interest-rate risk. However, the effects of short-rate expectations were more attenuated than the effects of bond-supply shocks during the ELB period.

Keywords: Disinflation, Inflation Targeting, Interest rates, Monetary Policy, Tail Risk, Zero Lower Bound

JEL Classification: E32, E52

Suggested Citation

King, Thomas B., Expectation and Duration at the Effective Lower Bound (2016-11-30). FRB of Chicago Working Paper No. WP-2016-21. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2886267

Thomas B. King (Contact Author)

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago ( email )

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Chicago, IL 60604
United States

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