Measuring the Natural Rate of Interest: A Note on Transitory Shocks
33 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2017 Last revised: 21 Feb 2019
Date Written: 2017-06
We present evidence that the natural rate of interest is buffeted by both permanent and transitory shocks. We establish this result by estimating a benchmark model with Bayesian methods and loose priors on the unobserved drivers of the natural rate. When subject to transitory shocks, the median estimate for the U.S. economy is more procyclical, displays a less marked secular decline, and is therefore higher following the Great Recession than most estimates in the literature.
Keywords: Kalman filter, Monetary policy, Natural rate of interest, Pileup, Trend growth
JEL Classification: C32, E43, E52, O40
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