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An Analysis of the Literature on International Unconventional Monetary Policy

Abstract: This paper evaluates the literature on international unconventional monetary policies (UMP). Introducing market segmentation, limits-to-arbitrage, and time-consistent policy in standard models permits a theoretical role for UMP. Empirical studies provide compelling evidence that UMP influenced international asset prices and tail-risk in the desired manner. Calibrated modeling and vector autoregressive (VAR) exercises imply that these policies also improved macroeconomic outcomes. We assess the recent debate on the empirical evidence and discuss central bank assessments of UMP. Despite qualified successes, we recommend that UMP be reserved for crises and/or when the zero bound constrains conventional monetary policy.

Keywords: unconventional monetary policy; effective lower bound; quantitative easing; event study;

JEL Classification: E51; E58; E61; F31; G12;

Status: Published in Journal of Economic Literature

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Part of Series: Working Papers

Publication Date: 2020-05-04

Number: 2016-021

Note: Previous title [updated October 2018]: A Survey of the Empirical Literature on U.S. Unconventional Monetary Policy

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