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Do federal reserve bank presidents have a regional bias?

Alexander Jung () and Sophia Latsos

European Journal of Political Economy, 2015, vol. 40, issue PA, 173-183

Abstract: This paper examines whether the monetary policy deliberations of the FOMC have been influenced by regional considerations. We explain individual interest rate preferences by district, and use real-time data to estimate Taylor-type rules (sample 1990 to 2008). In line with the literature, this paper confirms that regional variables are explanatory factors of the interest rate preferences of most Reserve Bank Presidents. A new finding is that only few Reserve Bank Presidents display a regional bias in their interest rate preferences. Given their nature and size, these biases did not impede on the Fed's capacity to set interest rates with a nationwide focus.

Keywords: Individual Taylor-type rules; Regional bias; Real-time data; Interest rate preferences (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C12 C30 D72 E58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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