Perhaps the FOMC Did What It Said It Did: An Alternative Interpretation of the Great Inflation
Sharon Kozicki () and
Staff Working Papers from Bank of Canada
This paper uses real-time briefing forecasts prepared for the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) to provide estimates of historical changes in the design of U.S. monetary policy and in the implied central-bank target for inflation. Empirical results support a description of policy with an effective inflation target of roughly 7 percent in the 1970s. Moreover, the evidence suggests that mismeasurement of the degree of economic slack was largely irrelevant for explaining the Great Inflation while favouring a passive-policy description of monetary policy. FOMC transcripts provide a neglected interpretation of the source of passive policy--intermediate targeting of monetary aggregates.
Keywords: Central bank research; Monetary aggregates; Monetary policy implementation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E3 E5 N1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 45 pages
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