Monetary Frameworks and Institutional Constraints: UK Monetary Policy Reaction Functions, 1985-2003
Christopher Adam (),
David Cobham () and
Eric Girardin ()
Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 2005, vol. 67, issue 4, 497-516
Monetary policy reaction functions are estimated for the UK over three periods - 1985-90, 1992-97 and 1997-2003 - in order to disentangle two effects: the switch from an emphasis on exchange rate stabilization to inflation targeting, and the introduction of instrument-independence in 1997. The external factors considered include US as well as German interest rates, and this leads to the identification of 'domestic' and 'international' models of the reaction function. The results suggest that it is the changes in the institutional arrangements rather than those in the targeting regime which have been decisive in the development of policy in this period. Copyright 2005 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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