آیا سیاست پولی برای پیش بینی رشد واقعی و تورم مهم است؟
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|25551||2005||11 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||4520 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of Policy Modeling, Volume 27, Issue 2, March 2005, Pages 177–187
We hypothesize that if monetary policy is important in explaining movements in output and inflation then it should follow that more accurate forecasts of monetary policy, on average, will tend to produce more accurate forecasts of growth and inflation. Using data from the Survey of Professional Forecasters we find that improved monetary policy forecast accuracy corresponds to lower variance of forecast errors for growth and inflation but very little reduction in the overall average size of forecast errors for growth and inflation.
The literature on measuring the importance of monetary policy is immense. Friedman and Schwartz (1963) mark the beginning of a long series of papers and books looking at the importance of monetary policy in explaining movements in real output and inflation. The techniques used to address these questions are quite varied. The narrative approach pioneered by Friedman and Schwartz has been expanded upon by other authors (see Romer and Romer, 1989 and Romer and Romer, 1994). The strand of literature initiated by Anderson and Jordan (1968), estimates the impact of monetary policy using reduced-form regressions. Work by Sims (1972) continued this line of research using vector autoregressive techniques. Structural approaches such as Bernanke (1986), Sims and Leeper (1994) and Sims, Leeper, and Zha (1996) are also aimed at assessing the importance of monetary policy in explaining movements in real output and inflation. The general conclusion of this literature is that monetary policy matters for explaining movements in real output (in the short run) and inflation (in the long run). The exact mechanism through which monetary policy affects the economy is still being debated. But the overall effect of monetary policy on the economy is one of the few areas of agreement among macroeconomists. This paper looks at the importance of monetary policy from the perspective of forecasting. If monetary policy is important in explaining the economy we would expect it to be important in forecasting the economy as well. In other words, the importance of monetary policy should be revealed in the forecasts of real growth and inflation. We investigate this question by testing whether more accurate forecasts of monetary policy result in more accurate forecasts of real growth and inflation. If monetary policy is important, we expect to find that lower forecast errors for monetary policy are associated with lower forecast errors for growth and inflation. The questions addressed in this paper are of particular importance to policymakers. Policymakers are consumers and producers of economic forecasts. From the perspective of a consumer of forecasts, policymakers would find it useful to know whether the overall accuracy of forecasts that they purchase depend on the accuracy of the embedded monetary policy forecasts. From the perspective of a producer of forecasts, policymakers may wish to understand how best to improve their modeling. Does it make sense to devote more resources to improve the forecast of monetary policy or is the accuracy of monetary policy forecasts irrelevant for the overall accuracy of an economic forecast? We test this hypothesis using the sample of interest rate, real growth and inflation forecasts contained in the Survey of Professional Forecaster (SFP) data set from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.1 In each quarter, a sample of 20–50 professional forecasters report their forecasts to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Variables included in the forecast are real GDP (real GNP before 1992), inflation, corporate profits, unemployment rate and interest rates as well as several other variables. The variables of interest for this paper are real GDP and the 3-month T-bill rate, which we use as a proxy for the stance of monetary policy. We find that the mean and median forecasts of monetary policy are biased and inefficient. We also find that improving monetary policy forecast errors would not reduce the mean absolute forecast error for growth or inflation at three and four quarter ahead forecast horizons. We do, however, find that getting monetary policy right (zero forecast error) would substantially reduce the root means square error of the inflation and output forecast errors. Thus, it appears that the payoff for accurate monetary policy forecasts is a reduction in the variance but not the level of the forecast error for growth and inflation. This paper is organized as follows. In the following section we review the literature on using survey forecasts to measure expectations. Following that, we present a detailed analysis of the data on interest rate forecasts and we justify why it is appropriate to use forecasts of the 3-month T-bill rate as a proxy for monetary policy forecasts. Next we investigate whether forecasts of the 3-month T-bill are rational and unbiased (we find that they are neither). Finally, we look at whether monetary policy forecast errors are correlated with real growth and inflation forecast errors.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
Overall monetary policy forecast errors do not seem to matter very much for forecasting growth and inflation. Smaller monetary policy forecast errors do not imply significantly smaller growth and inflation forecast errors. Smaller monetary policy forecast errors do, however, imply smaller variance of growth and inflation forecast errors. Thus, we conclude that the evidence is somewhat mixed on whether getting monetary policy right matters for forecasting real growth and inflation. It does not seem to matter much in terms of the absolute size of the forecast errors. But it does appear to matter in terms of the reduction in the variance of growth and inflation forecast errors. These results have interesting implications for policymakers. Policymakers clearly must face a tradeoff—getting monetary policy right reduces the variance of forecast errors at the expense of overall higher average errors. The choice of whether to focus on monetary policy accuracy in either the consumption or production of forecasts may therefore depend on the degree of risk aversion on the part of the policymaker