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Monetary Policy Implementation in a Negative Rate Environment

Michael Boutros and Jonathan Witmer

Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, 2020, vol. 52, issue 2-3, 441-470

Abstract: To analyze monetary policy implementation in a negative rate environment, we add the option to exchange central bank reserves for cash to the standard workhorse model of monetary policy implementation (Poole 1968). Importantly, we show that monetary policy can be constrained when the target overnight rate is below the yield on cash. At this point, the overnight rate equals the yield on cash instead of the target rate. Modifications to the implementation framework, such as a reserve requirement that varies with cash withdrawals, can help restore the implementation of monetary policy such that the overnight rate equals the target rate.

Date: 2020
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