An interest-rate-spread-based measure of Turkish monetary policy

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BERUMENT M. H. , CEYLAN N. B. , Dogan B.

APPLIED ECONOMICS, vol.46, no.15, pp.1804-1813, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 46 Issue: 15
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00036846.2014.884703
  • Title of Journal : APPLIED ECONOMICS
  • Page Numbers: pp.1804-1813


A coherent method to measure the effectiveness of a monetary policy improves the monetary authority's management capacity and renders the possibility of applying sound policies prior to and during a crisis. The trend in employing complicated and ambiguity-bearing unconventional monetary tools in the aftermath of the 2008 crisis has increased the value of such a method. The aim of this article is to introduce a coherent and consistent monetary policy evaluation method for Turkey. Accordingly, we suggest that innovations in the spread between overnight interest rates and Treasury auction interest rates are informative for exchange rate, output, and prices. Empirical evidence for this identification reveals that positive innovation in spread (implying a tight monetary policy measure) decreases output temporarily, permanently decreases prices, and appreciates local currency. This result is also robust to alternative specifications.