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The Fed’s Inflation Target and Policy Rules

The Brookings Institution held an interesting conference yesterday organized by David Wessel on “Should the Fed Stick with the 2 Percent Inflation Target or Rethink It?” Olivier Blanchard and Larry Summers argued, as they have elsewhere, that the Fed should … Continue reading

Posted in Monetary Policy

A Whole New Section on Policy Rules in Fed’s Report

The Federal Reserve Board’s semi-annual Monetary Policy Report issued by Chair Janet Yellen last Friday contains a whole new section called “Monetary Policy Rules and Their Role in the Federal Reserve’s Policy Process.” The section contains new information and is … Continue reading

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The Statistical Analysis of Policy Rules

My teacher, colleague, and good friend Ted Anderson died this week at the age of 98.  Ted was my Ph.D. thesis adviser at Stanford in the early 1970s, and later a colleague when I returned to teach at Stanford in … Continue reading

Posted in Teaching Economics

Economists State Why Policy Rules Legislation Is Needed

Recent policy rules legislation introduced in the House and Senate has attracted  much attention—including in op-eds, blog posts, tweets, editorials, speeches, research papers, conferences and Congressional testimony over the past few years. A particular version of this legislation passed the … Continue reading

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Time Inconsistency Is Only One of Many Reasons to Favor Policy Rules

Advocates of purely discretionary monetary policy frequently list Kydland and Prescott’s time inconsistency argument as the only reason for policy rules, and then they try to shoot that down or say it is outweighed by arguments in favor of discretion. … Continue reading

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The Senate Moves Ahead on a Policy Rules Bill

Today the Chairman of Senate Banking Committee, Richard Shelby, released a draft bill entitled “The Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015” covering a wide range of reforms. Like the widely-discussed House policy rules bill (Section 2 of HR 5018 of last … Continue reading

Posted in Monetary Policy, Regulatory Policy

Janet Yellen’s Speech on Policy Rules

For many years, going back to the days before Google and Google Scholar helped us find and keep track of things, I created a monetary policy rule home page with links to papers, articles and speeches on policy rules, including … Continue reading

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A Feature Not a Bug in the Policy Rules Bill

In his opening line of questions for Janet Yellen at the Senate Banking Committee today, Senator Richard Shelby asked about the use of monetary policy rules and the Taylor Rule, apparently referring to the recent policy rules bill (Section 2 … Continue reading

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Paul Krugman Pontificating on Policy Rules

In a recent blog post Paul Krugman talks a lot about policy rules and the Taylor rule in particular. He complains that “Republicans are pushing to mandate that the Fed follow the so-called Taylor rule.”  But the policy rule legislation that … Continue reading

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Policy Rules When Money Still Matters

In an interesting recent paper and blog post “Money Still Matters,” Michael Belongia and Peter Ireland report new empirical results with relevance to monetary policy.  They show that the Divisia index of the money supply (not M1 or M2) has effects on … Continue reading

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