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Losing traction? The real effects of monetary policy when interest rates are low

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by Rashad Ahmed, Claudio Borio, Piti Disyatat and Boris Hofmann
Are there limits to how far reductions in interest rates can boost aggregate demand? In particular, as interest rates fall to very low levels, does the effectiveness of monetary policy in boosting the economy wane? We provide evidence consistent with this hypothesis. Based on a panel of 18 advanced countries starting in 1985, we find that monetary transmission to economic activity is substantially weaker when interest rates are low.

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Losing traction? The real effects of monetary policy when interest rates are low

by Rashad Ahmed, Claudio Borio, Piti Disyatat and Boris HofmannAre there limits to how far reductions in interest rates can boost aggregate demand? In