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  • Kortela, Tomi (2016)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 19/2016
    Typically a constant – or zero – lower bound for interest rates is applied in shadow rate term structure models. However, euro area yield curve data suggest that a time-varying lower bound might be appropriate for the euro area. I show that this indeed is the case, i.e. a shadow rate model with time-varying lower bound outperforms the constant lower bound model in euro area data. I argue that the time-variation in the lower bound is related to the deposit facility rate and, thus, to monetary policy. This time-variation in the lower bound gives a new channel via which monetary policy may affect the yield curve in a shadow rate model. I show that the intensity of this channel depends on how tightly the lower bound restricts the yield curve, and I argue that this channel has recently become important for the euro area.
  • Caggiano, Giovanni; Castelnuovo, Efrem; Pellegrino, Giovanni (2017)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 6/2017
    Published in European Economic Review, 100, November 2017: 257-272
    We employ a parsimonious nonlinear Interacted-VAR to examine whether the real effects of uncertainty shocks are greater when the economy is at the Zero Lower Bound. We find the contractionary effects of uncertainty shocks to be statistically larger when the ZLB is binding, with differences that are economically important. Our results are shown not to be driven by the contemporaneous occurrence of the Great Recession and high financial stress, and to be robust to different ways of modeling unconventional monetary policy. These findings lend support to recent theoretical contributions on the interaction between uncertainty shocks and the stance of monetary policy.
  • Anttila, Juho (2018)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 12/2018
    I estimate the effects of conventional and unconventional monetary policy in the euro area by using a factor-augmented vector autoregression.I complement the standard monetary policy analysis using the short rate with models where the shadow rates by Kortela (2016) and Wu and Xia (2017) are used as proxies for unconventional monetary policy. I quantify the effects of unanticipated monetary policy shocks using impulse response functions, forecast-error variance decompositions, and counterfactual simulations. The results indicate that unconventional monetary policy shocks have similar, expansionary effects on the economy as conventional monetary policy shocks.
  • Kortela, Tomi; Nelimarkka, Jaakko (2020)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 3/2020
    Since the Great Recession, the main evolution in monetary policy has been its attempts to affect the medium and the long-term interest rates with instruments other than the policy rate. Consequently, measuring the stance of monetary policy by a single interest rate becomes problematic. This study explores the macroeconomic effects of conventional and unconventional policy measures in the euro area in a unified framework. We identify simultaneously three monetary policy shocks that influence different parts of the yield curve. These shocks reflect various aspects of actions and communications of the European Central Bank in conventional and unconventional monetary policy periods. According to the results, conventional interest rate policy, forward guidance and quantitative easing have asymmetric output and price responses.