Xu Zhang is a Senior Economist in the Financial Markets Department at the Bank of Canada. She is a macroeconomist whose primary research focuses on the intersection of macroeconomics and finance, both theoretical and empirical. She looks at how central bank monetary policy affects financial market participants - households and financial intermediaries - and shed new light on underlying economic mechanisms linking financial markets with the real economy.

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Staff working papers

Evaluating the Effects of Forward Guidance and Large-scale Asset Purchases

Staff Working Paper 2021-54 Xu Zhang
I propose a novel method to identify and estimate the macroeconomic effects of forward guidance and large-scale asset purchases (LSAP) for each FOMC announcement. I find that LSAP is more important than forward guidance in influencing output and inflation. LSAP puts upward pressure on short-term yields, so it should always be used in conjunction with forward guidance.

A New Measure of Monetary Policy Shocks

Staff Working Paper 2021-29 Xu Zhang
Combining various high frequency financial data with central bank projections, I construct a new measure of monetary policy shocks not predictable by the public information preceding a central bank’s announcements. I then study the causal effects of monetary policy on the macro economy.

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