Evaluating monetary policy when nominal interest rates are almost zero

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Abstract

The non-negativity constraint on nominal interest rates may have been a major factor behind a putative structural break in the effectiveness of monetary policy. To check for the existence of such a break without making prior assumptions about timing, and to enable comparison between pre- and post-break monetary policy, we employ an identified Markov switching VAR framework. Estimation results support the existence of a structural break around the time when the de facto zero nominal interest rate policy was resumed and the effectiveness of monetary policy is seen to weaken since then although slightly positive effects from monetary easing still exist. J. Japanese Int. Economies 20 (3) (2006) 434-453.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)434-453
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of The Japanese and International Economies
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Sep 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Markov switching VAR
  • Monetary policy
  • Zero nominal interest rate floor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Political Science and International Relations

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