Here is the Federal Reserve’s mandate:
“The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Open Market Committee shall maintain long run growth of the monetary and credit aggregates commensurate with the economy’s long run potential to increase production, so as to promote effectively the goals of maximum employment, stable prices and moderate long-term interest rates.”
I don’t think it is the greatest mandate in the world, but it is the Fed’s mandate nonetheless.
I tried to estimate a simple reaction function for the fed based on “employment” (rate, Civilian Employment-Population ratio) and “prices” (PCE core inflation). The estimation period is 1990 to 2007. 2008-13 is forecast.
Take a look at the forecast. The model is “forecasting” that the Fed funds target rate should be -7%!
I will leave it to my readers to judge whether the fed should ‘exit’ its quantitative easing programmes or not.