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What Drives Forecaster Disagreement about Monetary Policy?

Richard Crump () and Stefano Eusepi

No 20160815, Liberty Street Economics from Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Abstract: What can disagreement teach us about how private forecasters perceive the conduct of monetary policy? In a previous post, we showed that private forecasters disagree about both the short-term and the long-term evolution of key macroeconomic variables but that the shape of this disagreement differs across variables. In contrast to their views on other macroeconomic variables, private forecasters disagree substantially about the level of the federal funds rate that will prevail in the medium to long term but very little on the rate at shorter horizons. In this post, we explore the possible explanations for what drives forecasts of the federal funds rate, especially in the longer run.

Keywords: monetary policy rules; survey forecasts; expectations; imperfect information; term structure of disagreement (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E2 E5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-08-15
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