Working Papers

Performance of Simple Interest Rate Rules Subject to Fiscal Policy (Job Market Paper)

This paper examines the performance and robustness of simple monetary policy rules in models with learning agents subject to: (1) permanent or occasionally non-Ricardian fiscal policy; and/or (2) the presence of long-term government debt. My analysis indicates that the "global" response of the fiscal policymaker to debt determines the optimal monetary policy response. When fiscal policy is globally passive or globally active the optimal monetary policy rule typically features time-invariant coefficients with high inflation reaction coefficients in globally passive models and interest rate pegs in globally active models. In cases where fiscal policy features balanced or strong switching between active and fiscal policy stances, the optimal monetary policy rule features switching coefficients. These results extend to models with adaptive learning, including a hidden Markov model of learning never seen before in the literature. 

The Power of Forward Guidance and the Fiscal Theory of the Price Level (submitted at Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking)

Standard New Keynesian models predict implausibly large and favorable responses of inflation and output to expansionary forward guidance on interest rates. We find that the introduction of permanent or recurring active fiscal policy dampens the response of output and inflation to forward guidance in the New Keynesian model. Moreover, the presence of regime-switching policy introduces expectational effects that cause forward guidance to be less stimulative in our regime-switching model's active money, passive fiscal policy regime. Finally, the introduction of long-term debt affects the magnitude of the stimulus resulting from forward guidance in models with active fiscal policy. 

E-Stability vis-a-vis Determinacy in Markov-Switching DSGE Models

This paper addresses the relationship between determinacy and E-stability in an abstract class of Markov-switching DSGE models with lagged endogenous variables. In this very general setting, we prove that a set of sufficient conditions for determinacy imply the E-stability of the unique solution when agents condition their expectations on all current endogenous and exogenous variables. By considering a general class of models with lagged endogenous variables, this paper extends our understanding of the link between determinacy and E-stability to a wide range of useful DSGE models that feature time-variation in model coefficients.

Maturity, Determinacy and E-Stability in Models of Regime Switching Fiscal and Monetary Policy

This paper explores issues of determinacy and E-stability in a New Keynesian model with switching fiscal and monetary policy. In this paper, we consider three categories of results. First, we show that the maturity structure of government debt matters for determinacy and the existence of stable equilibria in the switching model, which is not true in the analogous fixed coefficient model. Second, we show that determinacy typically but not always implies E-stability when agents do not observe contemporaneous observable variables. Third, we find that the link between E-stability under infinite horizon learning and E-stability under Euler equation learning is weaker in the presence of regime switches than in fixed regime models. 

Works in Progress

Fiscal Policy Regimes and Central Bank Balance Sheets

Adaptive Learning in Hidden Markov Models

Heterogenous Learning and the Value of Intergenerational Knowledge Transfers (with Tristan Nighswander)