UCL Department of Economics


Macro Seminar: Yuriy Gorodnichenko (Berkeley)

29 September 2021, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm

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Yuriy Gorodnichenko from the University of California, Berkeley will speak as part of the Macro Seminar Series.

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Alan Olivi

Title: Unbundling of Quantitative Easing: Taking a Cue from Treasury Auctions

Abstract:  We study empirically and theoretically the role of preferred habitat in understanding the economic e˙ects of the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing (QE) purchases. Using high-frequency identification and exploiting the structure of the primary market for U.S. Treasuries, we isolate demand shocks that are transmitted solely through preferred habitat channels, but otherwise mimic QE shocks. We document large “localized” yield curve e˙ects when financial markets are disrupted. Our calibrated model, which embeds a preferred habitat model in a standard New Keynesian framework, can largely account for the observed financial effects of QE. We find that QE is modestly stimulative for output and inflation, but alternative policy designs can generate stronger effects.

Seminar will be hosted on Zoom, contact Alan Olivi (a.olivi@ucl.ac.uk) for joining details.