Inferring the Shadow Rate from Real Activity
46 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2017 Last revised: 8 Feb 2018
Date Written: February 8, 2018
We estimate a shadow rate consistent with the paths of time series capturing real activity. This allows us to quantify the real effects of unconventional monetary policy in terms of equivalent short-term interest rate movements. We find that large-scale asset purchases and forward guidance had significant real effects equivalent of up to a four percent reduction in the federal funds rate.
Keywords: effective lower bound, external instrument VAR, Kalman filter, shadow rate, unconventional monetary policy
JEL Classification: E43, E47, E52
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