Unconventional policy should be used rapidly – Fed paper

The Federal Reserve

Unconventional monetary policies help economies recover from recessions but take time to have an effect, according to a paper published by the US Federal Reserve.

In the paper, Hess Chung et al examine how effective the Fed’s quantitative easing and forward guidance tools were in helping recovery after the financial crisis. They find there is roughly a 20–50% probability that the federal funds rate will be constrained by the zero lower bound at some point over the next decade.

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