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|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||تعداد صفحات مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی|
|15202||2013||9 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید|
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Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Volume 93, September 2013, Pages 62–70
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In this paper, we use panel data to test whether Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) board members’ forecasts are rational. We find the following two points. First, we find that rationality is rejected in the sense that forecasts by members are heavily dependent on previous own forecasts and last FOMC consensus. No strategic behavior or bounded rationality is observed from aggregate data. Second, we reveal the strategic behavior of FOMC board members. Forecasts by governors, who always have voting rights, agree much with previous consensus, while those of non-governors are exaggerated to create distance from previous consensus particularly for the longer horizon. Consequently, if non-governors believe that a higher policy rate is needed in the next meeting, they have some incentive to deviate strongly from previous consensus in order to encourage voters to increase interest rates.