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November/December 1999, 
Vol. 81, No. 6
Posted 1999-11-01

Recent Developments in the Analysis of Monetary Policy Rules

by Bennett T. McCallum

After a brief review of key developments in application of monetary theory to policy analysis, the author describes the central aspects of the typical framework used to analyze monetary policy rules. He reviews the methods used to study the effects of policy behavior and provides an example of how two rules (the McCallum rule and the Taylor rule) can be used to investigate recent monetary policy in Japan. His example shows why it may be important for central banks to develop monetary policy procedures based on monetary-aggregate as well as interest-rate instruments.