Monetary Policy with a Wider Information Set: A Bayesian Model Averaging Approach
43 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2004
Date Written: August 2002
Monetary policy has been usually analyzed in the context of small macroeconomic models where central banks are allowed to exploit a limited amount of information. Under these frameworks, researchers typically derive the optimality of aggressive monetary rules, contrasting with the observed policy conservatism and interest rate smoothing. This paper allows the central bank to exploit a wider information set, while taking into account the associated model uncertainty, by employing Bayesian Model Averaging with Markov Chain Model Composition (MC3). In this enriched environment, we derive the optimality of smoother and more cautious policy rates, together with clear gains in macroeconomic efficiency.
Keywords: Bayesian model averaging, leading indicators, model uncertainty, optimal monetary policy, interest rate smoothing
JEL Classification: C11, C15, C52, E52, E58
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