Communication à un séminaire :

Martin Ellison (University of Oxford), « A Defence of the FOMC », Political Economy Seminar, TSE, Toulouse, 1 mars 2010, 17:00-18:00, salle MF 323.
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We defend the forecasting performance of the FOMC from the recent criticism of Christina and David Romer (2008). Our argument is that the FOMC forecasts a worst-case scenario that it uses to design robust decisions that will work well enough despite possible misspecification of its model. Our interpretation of the FOMC as reporting forecasts designed to rationalise a robust decision rule can explain all the findings of Romer and Romer, including the pattern of differences between FOMC forecasts and forecasts published by the staff of the Federal Reserve System in the Greenbook. Keywords: forecasting, monetary policy, robustness

Codes JEL

C53 : Forecasting and Other Model Applications
E52 : Monetary Policy (Targets, Instruments, and Effects)
E58 : Central Banks and Their Policies