Working Papers

2011-15 | April 2015


Monetary and Macroprudential Policy in a Leveraged Economy


We examine the optimal monetary policy in the presence of endogenous feedback loops between asset prices and economic activity. We reconsider this issue in the context of the financial accelerator model and when macroprudential policies can be pursued. Absent macroprudential policy, we first show that the optimal monetary policy leans considerably against movements in asset prices and risk premia. We show that the optimal policy can be closely approximated and implemented using a speed-limit rule that places a substantial weight on the growth of financial variables. An endogenous feedback loop is crucial for this result, and price stability is otherwise quasi-optimal. Similarly, introducing a simple macroprudential rule that links reserve requirements to credit growth dampens the endogenous feedback loop, leading the optimal monetary policy to focus on price stability.

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