Texto para Discussão, Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada (IPEA) 1351
The adoption of the Taylor rule is an essential element of the New Consensus on Monetary Policy, characterized by the recent acceptance, by the orthodoxy, of money stock endogeneity. In line with the reviewed literature, a reaction function of the Brazilian Central Bank (BCB) is estimated with a view to evaluating the conduction of monetary policy after the 1999 adoption of the inflation targeting regime in Brazil. The BCB`s reaction function has some features that corroborate the thesis under which the formation of the Selic rate is ruled by a pro-conservatism convention in the conduction of monetary policy, as affirmed by Nakano and Erber. Results show an excessive slowness in interest movement and a high level of the equilibrium rate, confirming the thesis that the BCB a) incorporated the convention according to which Selic must have a high floor; and b) is inattentive to the state of the economy (the inflation and output gaps), and expresses an excessive gradualism in determining the overnight rate. The main conclusion is that, if the present situation continues, the interest rate will hardly be reduced in a satisfactory way. This evidences the need for a debate on the adequation of the present stabilization strategy.