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U.S. Monetary Policy Surprises: Identification with Shifts and Rotations in the Term Structure

Edda Claus () and Mardi Dungey

Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, 2012, vol. 44, issue 7, 1443-1453

Abstract: We develop a model to extract measures of monetary policy surprises from the maturity structure of the yield curve. The model endogenously allows for the fact that the yield curve may either shift or rotate in response to monetary policy shocks. A latent factor model approach with identification through heteroskedasticity harnesses the term structure to extract monetary policy shocks. The approach offers informational advantages over event studies. Results from the U.S. term structure from 1994 strongly support the hypothesis that differing term structure responses are reactions to different types of monetary policy shock, rather than differing reactions to the same policy shock.

Date: 2012
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