Measuring the monetary policy stance of the People's bank of china: An ordered probit analysis

Wei Bo Xiong

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    The People's Bank of China (PBC) has employed a range of different instruments in the implementation of its monetary policy over the past decades, so perhaps no single instrument would constitute an adequate representation of the monetary policy stance. We thus develop a new policy stance index, and examine it in an ordered probit model, which follows the studies by Gerlach (2004) and He and Pauwels (2008). The empirical results show that in a backward-looking model, monetary policy reacts to actual output growth; one the other hand, when deviations from trend levels are considered, the PBC concerns inflation most seriously. In a forward-looking model, when we examine the PBC's statements in its quarterly Monetary Policy Executive Report from 2001Q1 to 2010Q3, it seems that the PBC's assessment of the prospects for inflation plays a key role determining the PBC's monetary policy stance. Our conclusions suggest that the PBC is informally targeting inflation, although no explicit target has ever been announced to the public by the PBC. © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)512-533
    Number of pages22
    JournalChina Economic Review
    Issue number3
    Early online date17 Apr 2011
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012


    • Monetary policy
    • Monetary policy stance
    • Monetary reaction function
    • People's Bank of China No items selected


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