Policy Interaction, Expectations and the Liquidity Trap

Bank of Finland Discussion Paper No. 22/2003

37 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2004

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George W. Evans

University of Oregon - Department of Economics; University of St. Andrews - School of Economics and Finance

Seppo Honkapohja

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Aalto University School of Business; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); Aalto University - School of Business

Date Written: September 10, 2003

Abstract

In this paper we consider inflation and government debt dynamics when monetary policy employs a global interest rate rule and private agents' forecasts using adaptive learning. Because of the zero lower bound on interest rates, active interest rate rules are known to imply the existence of a second, low inflation steady state, below the target inflation rate. Under adaptive learning dynamics we find the additional possibility of a liquidity trap, in which the economy slips below this low inflation steady state and is driven to an even lower inflation floor which, in turn, is supported by a switch to an aggressive money supply rule. Fiscal policy alone cannot push the economy out of the liquidity trap. However, raising the threshold at which the money supply rule is employed can dislodge the economy from the liquidity trap and ensure a return to the target equilibrium.

Keywords: stability of equilibria, fiscal and monetary policy, interest rate and

JEL Classification: E63, E52, E58

Suggested Citation

Evans, George W. and Honkapohja, Seppo and Honkapohja, Seppo, Policy Interaction, Expectations and the Liquidity Trap (September 10, 2003). Bank of Finland Discussion Paper No. 22/2003, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=501305 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.501305

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Seppo Honkapohja

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