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No 128:
Central Bank Forecasts of Policy Interest Rates: An Evaluation of the First Years

Meredith Beechey () and Pär Österholm ()

Abstract: In recent years the central banks of Norway and Sweden have published their endogenous policy interest-rate forecasts. In this paper, we evaluate those forecasts alongside policy-rate expectations inferred from market pricing. We find that for both economies there are only small differences in relative forecasting precision between the central bank and market-implied measures. However, both types of forecast fail tests for unbiasedness and efficiency at longer horizons.

Keywords: Monetary policy; Market expectations; Norges Bank; Sveriges Riksbank; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: E52; (follow links to similar papers)

32 pages, January 22, 2013

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