Does the Fed Contribute to a Political Business Cycle?

Abrams, Burton; Iossifov, Plamen
December 2006
Public Choice;Dec2006, Vol. 129 Issue 3/4, p249
Academic Journal
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.


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