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Exploring the Role of the Real Exchange Rate in Australian Monetary Policy

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  • Richard Dennis

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    (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, California, USA)

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An important issue in small open-economies is whether policymakers should respond to exchange rate movements when they formulate monetary policy. Micro-founded models tend to suggest that there is little to be gained from responding to exchange rate movements, and the literature has largely concluded that such a response is unnecessary, or even undesirable. This paper examines this issue using an estimated model of the Australian economy. In contrast to microfounded models, according to this model policymakers should allow for movements in the real exchange rate and the terms-of-trade when they set interest rates. Further, taking real exchange rate movements into account appears even more important with price level targeting than with inflation targeting. Copyright 2003. The Economic Society of Australia..

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Article provided by The Economic Society of Australia in its journal Economic Record.

Volume (Year): 79 (2003)
Issue (Month): 244 (03)
Pages: 20-38

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Handle: RePEc:bla:ecorec:v:79:y:2003:i:244:p:20-38

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  1. Mark Crosby & Timothy Kam & Kirdan Lees, 2008. "How Costly is Exchange Rate Stabilisation for an Inflation Targeter? The Case of Australia," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 84(266), pages 354-365, 09.
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  4. Khorshed Chowdhury, 2011. "Dynamics, Structural Breaks and the Determinants of the Real Exchange Rate of Australia," Economics Working Papers wp11-11, School of Economics, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia.
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  9. Rodrigo Caputo, 2004. "Exchange Rates, Inflation and Monetary Policy Objectives in Open Economies: The Experience of Chile," Econometric Society 2004 Latin American Meetings 298, Econometric Society.
  10. Lubik, Thomas A. & Schorfheide, Frank, 2007. "Do central banks respond to exchange rate movements? A structural investigation," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 54(4), pages 1069-1087, May.
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  14. 300, 2004. "Persistence and the Role of Exchange Rate and Interest Rate Inertia in Monetary Policy," Working Papers Central Bank of Chile 300, Central Bank of Chile.

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