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Monetary Policy and Real Borrowing Costs at the Zero Lower Bound

Simon Gilchrist (), David Lopez-Salido () and Egon Zakrajsek ()

No 9971, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: This paper compares the effects of conventional monetary policy on real borrowing costs with those of the unconventional measures employed after the target federal funds rate hit the zero lower bound (ZLB). For the ZLB period, we identify two policy surprises: changes in the 2-year Treasury yield around policy announcements and changes in the 10-year Treasury yield that are orthogonal to those in the 2-year yield. The efficacy of unconventional policy in lowering real borrowing costs is comparable to that of conventional policy, in that it implies a complete pass-through of policy-induced movements in Treasury yields to comparable-maturity private yields.

Keywords: corporate bond yields; forward guidance; LSPAs; mortgage interest rates; term premia; Unconventional monetary policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E43 E52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cba, nep-mac and nep-mon
Date: 2014-05
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