Welcome to my personal website!

I am an applied macroeconomist and time-series econometrician and senior economist with the Research Centre of the Deutsche Bundesbank.  

My research is focused on the formation of expectations, informational frictions and the dynamics of survey expectations. 

You can find my work also at IDEAS, GoogleScholarResarchGateLinkedIn, SSRN, ResearcherIDORCIDGitHub, and the Bundesbank.

My email address is: em at elmarmertens dot com

NONE of the material posted on this personal website necessarily represents the views of 
the Deutsche Bundesbank, the Eurosystem, the Bank for International Settlements, 
the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System or the Federal Open Market Committee.


  • Fully revised: Indeterminacy and Imperfect Information with Thomas A. Lubik (FRB Richmond), Christian Matthes (FRB Richmond):We study equilibrium determination in an environment where two types of agents have different information sets: Fully informed agents observe ...
    Posted Aug 20, 2020, 7:22 AM by Elmar Mertens
  • Accepted at QE: Sticky-Information Forecast paper with Jim Nason Using state-of-the-art particle filtering and smoothing, we show that inflation forecasts from the US SPF became “sticky” (more inattentive) only with the decline in inflation persistence that ...
    Posted May 21, 2020, 3:07 AM by Elmar Mertens
  • Replication codes for Johannsen and Mertens Real-Rate Trend Estimate Replication files for my paper with Ben Johannsen on estimating the longer-run level of the real rate from a shadow-rate model are now available on GitHub. The paper ...
    Posted Nov 10, 2019, 5:21 AM by Elmar Mertens
  • REVISED: Time-varying Forecast Stickiness w/Jim Nason Finally, together with Jim Nason, we just finished a thorough revision of our paper on time-varying stickiness --- i.e. a time/varying frequency of updating information -- in professional forecasts ...
    Posted Jun 4, 2019, 11:00 AM by Elmar Mertens
  • Accepted in REStat: Time-varying fan charts around survey forecasts Forthcoming in the Review of Economics and Statistics , with Todd Clark (FRB Cleveland) and Michael McCracken (FRB St. Louis):We estimate uncertainty measures for point forecasts obtained from survey data ...
    Posted Feb 27, 2019, 5:10 AM by Elmar Mertens
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