Macroeconomic agent based models have been around for at least a decade, and they have been remarkably successful in replicating many empirical “stylized facts”. Only a handful of papers, however, has explored the effects of monetary policy. In this paper we present an agent-based macroeconomic model where the interplay between credit market conditions and firms’ balance sheets is key in the determination of endogenous fluctuations. We use the model as a simulation platform by which we perform several experiments of monetary policy. Simulations showed a clear nonneutrality of monetary policy, which finds its transmission mechanism in the credit channel. Besides, we also evaluated the performance of a monetary Authority whose reaction function was modelled according to a standard Taylor rule, which turns out to be quite successful as an effective macro-stabilization tool.
- AGENT BASED MODELS