About this book
Fabian Schnell develops a model indicating that by keeping real interest rates too low, monetary policy can distort the allocation of resources across firms and potentially delay economic recovery after a recession. This is a new channel of monetary policy that is especially relevant in view of “Quantitative Easing” programs. A second model focuses on the short-term implications of heterogeneously productive firms, showing an acceleration effect of technology shocks. Finally, an empirical investigation of firms’ price-setting behaviors shows that time-dependent factors, relative to state-dependent ones, play a small role with respect to the probability and the size of a price change. All results provide new insights for monetary policy.
- Introduction: Heterogeneity and Macroeconomics
- Can Monetary Policy Delay the Reallocation of Capital?
- Business Cycles and Monetary Policy with Productivity Heterogeneity
- What Determines Price Changes and the Distribution of Prices? Evidence from the Swiss CPI
- Researchers and students in macroeconomics
- Governmental institutions and central banks
- Managers of commercial banks, nongovernmental organizations, think tanks
Fabian Schnell, Ph.D., works as a research associate at the University of St. Gallen and as a project leader for economic policy at economiesuisse, the Swiss Business Federation.