Public Choice

, Volume 129, Issue 3, pp 249-262

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Does the Fed Contribute to a Political Business Cycle?

  • Burton A. AbramsAffiliated withUniversity of Delaware Email author 
  • , Plamen IossifovAffiliated withUniversity of Delaware

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In contrast to findings of other studies, evidence is presented to support the existence of a Federal Reserve-induced political monetary cycle that corresponds to the U.S. presidential election cycle. Using various Taylor rules, we find support for the view that Fed policy turns significantly more expansionary in the seven quarters prior to the election, but only when the Fed chair and incumbent presidential party have partisan affiliations.