Tag Archives: Monetary Policy

Concentration in Mortgage Lending, Refinancing Activity, and Mortgage Rates

Here’s a recent paper from David Scharfstein and Adi Sunderam on the effects of mortgage market concentration on refinancing effectiveness. Seems like some interesting variation that could be used to trace out the effects of refinancing on consumption in a follow up … Continue reading

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Crunch Time: Fiscal Crises and the Role of Monetary Policy

A nice chart from a new speech from Jerome Powell. What doesn’t follow is that we need to get the red line up by cutting spending to get the blue line down (based on the logic of Delong Summers and … Continue reading

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Historical Hysteresis: Adverse Shocks vs Structural Problems

I started posting last week on the Summers & Blanchard paper, which is on hysteresis and the Unemployment problem in Europe starting in the mid 1970s. Many advocated structural explanations for hysteresis, but Summers & Blanchard looked to the Great Depression period … Continue reading

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Innocent Bystanders? Monetary Policy and Inequality in the U.S.

Here’s a paper from some of my favorite macroeconomists on the link between  inequality and monetary policy. ABSTRACT: We study the effects and historical contribution of monetary policy shocks to consumption and income inequality in the United States since 1980. Contractionary … Continue reading

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2 Quick Takes on International Stories in the WSJ

1. Global Currency Tensions Rise Abe says Japan must defend “itself against attempts by other governments to devalue their currencies by ensuring the yen weakens as well.” I’m curious to see if the combination of these pressures in the US, … Continue reading

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Large-Scale Asset Purchases by Jeremy Stein

Here’s Greg Ip on Jeremy Stein’s recent LSAP speeches (Oct 11, Nov 30): If Mr Stein’s story is right, we should expect to see corporations exploiting the drop in long-term rates to refinance short-term debt and repurchase stock but not boost … Continue reading

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Optimal Inflation Rates – the Costs & Benefits of Inflation

I’m giving a lecture today on inflation to prep Econ 191 students for Yuriy Gorodnichenko‘s paper (ungated) on Optimal Inflation Rates next week. I compiled a list of some costs and benefits of inflation from a few sources: an old Larry … Continue reading

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