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Should Monetary Policy Use Long-Term Rates?

Mariano Kulish
Published Online: 2007-07-24 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1935-1690.1558

This paper studies two roles that long-term nominal interest rates can play in the conduct of monetary policy in a New Keynesian model. The first allows long-term rates to enter the reaction function of the monetary authority. The second considers the possibility of using long-term rates as instruments of policy. In both cases a unique rational expectations equilibrium exists. Reacting to movements in long yields does not improve macroeconomic performance as measured by the loss function. Long-term rates, however, turn out to be better instruments of monetary policy than short-term rates when the concern for inflation volatility is high.

Keywords: monetary policy rules; term structure of interest rates; long-term interest rates; monetary policy instrument

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Published Online: 2007-07-24


Citation Information: The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, Volume 7, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 1935-1690, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1935-1690.1558.

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