## US Monetary Policy Rules: The Case For Asymmetric Preferences (2002)

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@MISC{Surico02usmonetary,

author = {Paolo Surico and Nota Di Lavoro},

title = {US Monetary Policy Rules: The Case For Asymmetric Preferences},

year = {2002}

}

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### Abstract

This paper can be downloaded without charge at: The Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei Note di Lavoro Series Index: http://www. feem. it/web/activ/ activ.html Social Science Research Network Electronic Paper Collection: http://papers. ssm.com/abstmct id=XXXXXX The opinions expressed in this paper do not necessarily reflect the position of US Monetary Policy Rules: the Case for Asymmetric Summary This paper investigates the empirical relevance of a new framework for monetary policy analysis in which decision makers are allowed to weight differently positive and negative deviations of inflation and output from the target values. The specification of the central bank objective is general enough to nest the symmetric quadratic form as a special case, thereby making the derived policy rule potentially nonlinear. This forms the basis of our identification strategy which is used to develop a formal hypothesis testing for the presence of asymmetric preferences. Reduced-form estimates of postwar US policy rules indicate that the preferences of the Fed have been highly asymmetric in both inflation and output gaps, with the asymmetries on the latter becoming relatively more pronounced during the post-79 tenures

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