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Safety, liquidity, and the natural rate of interest
Why are interest rates so low in the Unites States? We find that they are low primarily because the premium for safety and liquidity has increased since the late 1990s, and to a lesser extent because economic growth has slowed. We reach this conclusion using two complementary perspectives: a flexible time-series model of trends in Treasury and corporate yields, inflation, and long-term survey expectations, and a medium-scale dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (DSGE) model. We discuss the implications of this finding for the natural rate of interest.
Remarks at the 2015 U.S. Monetary Policy Forum
Remarks at the 2015 U.S. Monetary Policy Forum, New York City.
The U.S. economic outlook and monetary policy
Remarks at the Economic Club of New York, New York City.