Taisuke Nakata

I am an Associate Professor in Graduate School of Economics and Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo.

I graduated from New York University with a Ph.D. in Economics in May 2012.

My research interest are Macroeconomics, Monetary Policy, and Applied Econometrics.

Email: taisuke.nakata [at] e.u-tokyo.ac.jp or taisuke.nakata [at] gmail.com

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What's New
  • I am hiring a pre-Doctoral research assistant for the academic year 2021. Please click here for the description of the position.
  • I am starting a summer internship program for first- or second-year UTokyo students. Please click here for the description of the program.
  • "A Promised Value Approach to Optimal Monetary Policy" accepted for publication at the Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics (July 2020).
  • "Average Inflation Targeting and the Interest Rate Lower Bound" posted (February 2020).
  • "Raising the Inflation Target: Lessons from Japan" published in FEDS Notes (January 2020).
Working Papers

"Monetary Policy Options at the Effective Lower Bound: Assessing the Federal Reserve's Current Policy Toolkit" with Hess Chung, Etienne Gagnon, Matthias Paustian, Bernd Schlusche, James Trevino, Diego Vilan, and Wei Zheng (2nd round R&R at International Journal of Central Banking; Cited by Vice Chair Clarida [February 2019])

"Expectations-Driven Liquidity Traps: Implications for Monetary and Fiscal Policy" with Sebastian Schmidt (R&R at American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics)

"Equilibrium Yield Curves and the Interest Rate Lower Bound" with Hiroatsu Tanaka (R&R at Journal of Financial Economics)

"Speed Limit Policy and Liquidity Traps" with Sebastian Schmidt and Paul Yoo (Submitted)

"Credible Forward Guidance" with Takeki Sunakawa (Submitted). [2019 FEDS version]

"Average Inflation Targeting and the Interest Rate Lower Bound" with Flora Budianto and Sebastian Schmidt (Submitted)

"Optimal Inflation Target with Expectations-Driven Liquidity Traps" with Philip Coyle (Submitted)

Publication

"A Promised Value Approach to Optimal Monetary Policy" with Timothy Hills and Takeki Sunakawa, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics (forthcoming).

"Effective Lower Bound Risk" with Timothy Hills and Sebastian Schmidt, European Economic Review (2019), Vol. 120. [This paper supersedes two older papers, (i) "The Risky Steady State and the Interest Rate Lower Bound" and (ii) "The Risk-Adjusted Monetary Policy Rule." See "The Risk of Returning to the Effective Lower Bound: An Implication for Inflation Dynamics after Lift-Off'' for a non-technical summary. Featured in a Hutchins Roundup. "The Risky Steady State and the Interest Rate Lower Bound" is featured in a Bloomberg article and a Reuters article and is cited by Vice Chair Clarida (February 2019). "The Risk-Adjusted Monetary Policy Rule" is cited by Gov. Brainard (September 2017, October 2017, March 2018, May 2018)]

"Attenuating the Forward Guidance Puzzle: Implications for Optimal Monetary Policy" with Ryota Ogaki, Sebastian Schmidt and Paul Yoo, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control (2019), Vol. 105: 90-106.

"Conservatism and Liquidity Traps" with Sebastian Schmidt, Journal of Monetary Economics (2019), Vol. 104: 37-47. [2014 FEDS version]

"Gradualism and Liquidity Traps" with Sebastian Schmidt, Review of Economic Dynamics (2019), Vol. 31: 182-199. [2016 FEDS version]

"Financial Stability and Optimal Interest Rate Policy" with Andrea Ajello, Thomas Laubach, and David Lopez-Salido, International Journal of Central Banking (2019), Vol. 15(1): 279-326. [Cited by Vice Chair Quarles (June 2019); Cited by Stanley Fischer (October 2015, January 2016); Reviewed in a blog entry by Ben Bernanke]

"Reputation and Liquidity Traps,''
Review of Economic Dynamics (2018)
, Vol. 28: 252-268. [WP version (2014); See "Credibility of Optimal Forward Guidance at the Interest Rate Lower Bound'' for a non-technical summary]

"Fiscal Multipliers at the Zero Lower Bound: The Role of Policy Inertia'' with Timothy Hills, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking (2018), Vol. 50(1): 155-172. [WP version (2014)]

"Uncertainty at the Zero Lower Bound," American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics (2017), Vol. 9(3): 186-221. [WP version (2016); WP version (2012); Replication Files; Cited by Janet Yellen (March 2015, December 2015, March 2016)]

"Optimal Government Spending at the Zero Lower Bound: A Non-Ricardian Analysis," Review of Economic Dynamics (2017), Vol. 23: 150-169. [WP version (2016); Technical Appendix (2016); WP version (2015); Replications Files]

"Optimal Fiscal and Monetary Policy with Occasionally Binding Zero Bound Constraints," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control (2016), Vol. 73: 220-240. [WP version (2016); WP version (2013); Replication Files; Cited in a speech by Janet Yellen)

"Small Sample Properties of Bayesian Estimators of Labor Income Processes'' with Christopher Tonetti, Journal of Applied Economics (2015), Vol. 18(1): 121-148. [WP version (2014)]

"Welfare Costs of Shifting Trend Inflation,'' Journal of Macroeconomics (2014), Vol. 41: 66-78.  [WP version (2013)]

"Enhancing Market Discipline in Banking: The Role of Subordinated Debt in Financial Regulatory Reform'' with Douglas Evanoff and Julapa Jagtiani, Journal of Economics and Business (2011), Vol. 63(1): 1-22.

Non-Refereed Publication

"Raising the Inflation Target: Lessons from Japan," FEDS Notes. Washington: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, January 8, 2020. [Featured in a Wall Street Journal article]

"Optimal Monetary Policy in a DSGE Model with Attenuated Forward Guidance Effects," with Hess Chung and Matthias Paustian, FEDS Notes. Washington: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, October 19, 2018.

"Model-Based Measures of ELB Risk,'' FEDS Notes. Washington: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, August 23, 2017.

"The Risk of Returning to the Effective Lower Bound: An Implication for Inflation Dynamics after Lift-Off,'' FEDS Notes. Washington: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, February 12, 2016.

"Credibility of Optimal Forward Guidance at the Interest Rate Lower Bound,'' FEDS Notes. Washington: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, August 27, 2015. [Click here for a pdf version]

"Canada: A Success Story,'' with Lucy Liu and Cemile Sancack, in Chipping Away At Public Debt: Sources of Failure and Keys to Success in Fiscal Adjustment, ed. Paolo Mauro. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,  2011.

"When and How to Adjust Beyond the Business Cycle?: A Guide to Structural Fiscal Balances'' with F. Bornhorst, G. Dobrescu, A. Fedelino, and J. Gottschalk, IMF Technical Notes and Manuals, April 2011.

"Has the Behavior of Inflation and Long-Term Inflation Expectations Changed?'' with Todd Clark, Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, First Quarter 2008.

"The Trend Growth Rate of Employment: Past, Present, and Future,'' with Todd Clark, Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, First Quarter 2006.

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