Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/206878
Authors: 
Belke, Ansgar
Göcke, Matthias
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
ROME Discussion Paper Series No. 2019-02
Abstract: 
The interest rate is generally considered as an important driver of macroeconomic investment. As an innovation, this paper derives the exact shape of the "hysteretic" impact of changes in the interest rate on macroeconomic investment under the scenarios of both certainty and uncertainty. We capture the direct interest rate-hysteresis on the investments and the capital stock and, explicitly, of stochastic changes on the interest rate-investment hysteresis. Starting with hysteresis effects on a microeconomic level of a single firm, we apply an explicit aggregation procedure to derive the interest rate hysteresis effects on a macroeconomic level. Based on our simple model we are able to obtain some conclusions about the efficacy of a central bank's interest rate policy, e.g. in times of low or even zero interest rates and high uncertainty, in terms of stimulating macroeconomic investment.
Subjects: 
forward guidance
interest rate
investment
Mayergoyz-Preisach model
monetary policy
path-dependence
non-ideal relay
sunk-cost hysteresis
uncertainty
zero lower bound
JEL: 
C61
E22
E44
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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