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Limits of Monetary Policy in Theory and Practice. Carmen Reinhart, October 2011, Paper. "The view that modest alterations to monetary policy have vast consequences for national economies would seem to be inconsistent with theory and evidence. Most modern economic models (represented authoritatively by Woodford 2005) offer limited scope for policy surprises. The basic logic is that spending depends on decisions capitalized over the longer term, and small perturbations in the level of the short-term interest rate do not matter much to those values. More fundamentally, the prominence accorded to authorities..." Link verified March 28, 2014