EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Central Bank Tone and the Dispersion of Views within Monetary Policy Committees

Paul Hubert and Fabien Labondance ()

No 02/2020, Sciences Po publications from Sciences Po

Abstract: Does policymakers’ choice of words matter? We explore empirically whether central bank tone conveyed in FOMC statements contains useful information for financial market participants. We quantify central bank tone using computational linguistics and identify exogenous shocks to central bank tone orthogonal to the state of the economy. Using an ARCH model and a high-frequency approach, we find that positive central bank tone increases interest rates at the 1-year maturity. We therefore investigate which potential pieces of information could be revealed by central bank tone. Our tests suggest that it relates to the dispersion of views among FOMC members. This information may be useful to financial markets to understand current and future policy decisions. Finally, we show that central bank tone helps predicting future policy decisions.

Keywords: Optimism; FOMC; Dissent; Interest rate expectations; ECB (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E43 E52 E58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-big and nep-mac
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
https://spire.sciencespo.fr/hdl:/2441/7v8fvu0bf08j ... olicy-committees.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
Working Paper: Central Bank Tone and the Dispersion of Views within Monetary Policy Committees (2020) Downloads
Working Paper: Central bank tone and the dispersion of views within monetary policy committees (2019) Downloads
Working Paper: Central bank tone and the dispersion of views within monetary policy committees (2019) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:spo:wpmain:info:hdl:2441/7v8fvu0bf08jcoi4epn8cutjm8

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Sciences Po publications from Sciences Po Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Spire @ Sciences Po Library ().

 
Page updated 2021-10-22
Handle: RePEc:spo:wpmain:info:hdl:2441/7v8fvu0bf08jcoi4epn8cutjm8