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The Interplay Between Financial Conditions and Monetary Policy Shocks
Marco Bassetto
Luca Benzoni
Trevor Serrao
Abstract

We study the interplay between monetary policy and financial conditions shocks. Such shocks have a significant and similar impact on the real economy, though with different degrees of persistence. The systematic fed funds rate response to a financial shock contributes to bringing the economy back towards trend, but a zero lower bound on policy rates can prevent this from happening, with a significant cost in terms of output and investment. In a retrospective analysis of the U.S. economy over the past 20 years, we decompose the realization of economic variables into the contributions of financial, monetary policy, and other shocks.


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Marco Bassetto & Luca Benzoni & Trevor Serrao, The Interplay Between Financial Conditions and Monetary Policy Shocks, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Working Paper Series WP-2016-11, 17 Oct 2016.
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Keywords: Excess bond premium; financial conditions; monetary policy; zero lower bound
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