Central Banks Going Long

40 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2018

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Ricardo Reis

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: May 02, 2018


Central banks have sometimes turned their attention to long-term interest rates as a target or as a diagnosis of policy. This paper describes two historical episodes when this happened - the US in 1942-51 and the UK in the 1960s - and uses a model of inflation dynamics to evaluate monetary policies that rely on going long. It concludes that these policies for the most part fail to keep inflation under control. A complementary methodological contribution is to re-state the classic problem of monetary policy through interest-rate rules in a continuous-time setting where shocks follow diffusions in order to integrate the endogenous determination of inflation and the term structure of interest rates.

Keywords: Taylor rule, yield curve, pegs, ceilings, affine models

JEL Classification: E310, E520, E580

Suggested Citation

Reis, Ricardo A.M.R., Central Banks Going Long (May 02, 2018). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 6998. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3198150

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