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Unconventional Monetary Policy and Money Demand

Discussion Papers 1382, 27 S.

Christian Dreger, Jürgen Wolters


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Published in: Journal of Macroeconomics 46 (2015), S. 40-45


This paper investigates the usefulness of the money demand relationship in times of unconventional monetary policies by cointegration methods. In contrast to the bulk of the literature, evidence in favour of a stable long run money demand function is presented both for the US and the euro area. Results are based on standard monetary aggregates, i.e. MZM for the US and M3 in case of the euro area. The recent monetary policy shifts towards unconventional measures did not introduce instability in the relationships. The results suggest that money balances are still useful instruments to conduct monetary policy especially in periods where the nominal interest rates are at the zero lower bounds.

Topics: Monetary policy

JEL-Classification: C22;C52;E41
Keywords: Unconventional monetary policy, money demand, stability
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