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Quantitative Easing and the Term Premium as a Monetary Policy Instrument

Etienne Vaccaro-Grange

No 1932, AMSE Working Papers from Aix-Marseille School of Economics, France

Abstract: The transmission of Quantitative Easing to aggregate macroeconomic variables through the yield curve is disentangled in two yield channels: the term premium channel, captured by a term premium series, and the signaling channel, that corresponds to the interest rate expectations counterpart. Both yield components are extracted from a term structure model and plugged into a Structural VAR with Euro Area macroeconomic variables in which shocks are identified using sign restrictions. With this set-up, I show how the central bank can use the term premium as a single monetary policy instrument to foster output and prices. However, I also show that there has been a cost channel in the transmission of QE to inflation between 2015 and 2017. This cost channel provides a new explanation as to why inflation has been so muted during this period, despite the easing monetary environment. Finally, a policy rule for the term premium is estimated.

Keywords: quantitative easing; shadow-rate term structure model; BVAR; sign restrictions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C32 E43 E44 E52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 81 pages
Date: 2019-11
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cba, nep-eec, nep-mac and nep-mon
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