Lena Suchanek

Policy Advisor

Lena Suchanek is a Policy Advisor in the Canadian Economic Analysis Department. Before joining the regional analysis team, she worked in the International Economic Analysis Department and at the European Central Bank. Lena contributes to the quarterly Business Outlook Survey and conducts regional and sectorial analysis. Her primary research interests include unconventional monetary policies and international economics.

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Lena Suchanek

Policy Advisor
Canadian Economic Analysis
Regional Analysis

Bank of Canada
234 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0G9

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Understanding Monetary Policy and its Effects: Evidence from Canadian Firms Using the Business Outlook Survey

Staff Working Paper 2017-24 Matthieu Verstraete, Lena Suchanek
This paper shows (i) that business sentiment, as captured by survey data, matters for monetary policy decisions in Canada, and (ii) how business perspectives are affected by monetary policy shocks. Measures of business sentiment (soft data) are shown to have systematic explanatory power for monetary policy decisions over and above typical Taylor rule variables.

May 11, 2017 Unconventional Monetary Policy: The Perspective of a Small Open Economy

How do unconventional monetary policies like quantitative easing and negative interest rates affect domestic financial conditions and the broader economy in small open econo-mies, such as Canada? These policies are effective in depreciating the exchange rate in small open economies, while lower interest rates are also passed through to the economy, albeit only partially. When conventional monetary policy is close to its limits, fiscal policy may be a more important complement to monetary policy in a small economy, particularly if global demand for safe assets compresses long-term interest rates.

The Digital Economy—Insight from a Special Survey with IT Service Exporters

Staff Discussion Paper 2016-21 Wei Dong, James Fudurich, Lena Suchanek
Information technology (IT) is an increasingly integral part of everyday business and personal life reflecting the ongoing and accelerating digital transformation of the economy. In this paper, we present information gathered from a survey with export-oriented firms in the Canadian IT service industry and consultations with industry associations aimed at shedding light on this small but highly dynamic sector.
Content Type(s): Staff Research, Staff Discussion Papers Topic(s): Firm dynamics, Service Sector JEL Code(s): D, D2, D22, L, L8, L86, O, O3, O33

May 16, 2016 A New Era of Central Banking: Unconventional Monetary Policies

Central banks can implement unconventional monetary policy measures to provide additional easing when policy interest rates come close to their lower limit. To date, the international experience with tools such as quantitative easing and negative interest rates has been largely positive. Central banks may also use several such measures simultaneously, with often mutually reinforcing effects. Yet, unconventional tools are also subject to potential limits, and the costs associated with these measures could rise with extensive and prolonged use.

Quantitative Easing as a Policy Tool Under the Effective Lower Bound

Staff Discussion Paper 2015-14 Abeer Reza, Eric Santor, Lena Suchanek
This paper summarizes the international evidence on the performance of quantitative easing (QE) as a monetary policy tool when conventional policy rates are constrained by the effective lower bound (ELB). A large body of evidence suggests that expanding the central bank’s balance sheet through large-scale asset purchases can provide effective stimulus under the ELB.

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Refereed journals

  • "Current Account Dynamics, Real Exchange Rate Adjustment and the Exchange Rate Regime in Emerging-Market Economies"
    (with Olivier Gervais and Lawrence Schembri), Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 119, March 2016, p. 86-89.

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Education

  • M.Sc. Economics, Université du Québec à Montréal, 2007
  • B.Sc. Management and Economics, Otto-von-Guericke University, Germany, 2005

Research Interests

  • International macroeconomics
  • Unconventional monetary policy
  • International finance

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