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Optimal monetary policy: is price-level targeting the next step?

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  • Patrick Minford
  • David Peel

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We examine whether inflation targeting should be regarded as optimal. Targeting inflation implies (undesirably) that price level variance tends to infinity: we produce some evidence from both a representative agent model and a long-used forecasting model that, once an endogenous indexation response is allowed for, price level targeting imposes no extra costs of macro variability, indeed gives significant gains. Copyright (c) Scottish Economic Society 2003.

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Article provided by Scottish Economic Society in its journal Scottish Journal of Political Economy.

Volume (Year): 50 (2003)
Issue (Month): 5 (November)
Pages: 650-667

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Handle: RePEc:bla:scotjp:v:50:y:2003:i:5:p:650-667

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  1. Hatcher, Michael C., 2011. "Comparing inflation and price-level targeting: A comprehensive review of the literature," Cardiff Economics Working Papers E2011/22, Cardiff University, Cardiff Business School, Economics Section.
  2. Patrick Minford & Naveen Srinivasan, 2011. "Determinacy in New Keynesian Models: A Role for Money after All?," International Finance, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 14(2), pages 211-229, 06.
  3. Sam Warburton & Kirdan Lees, 2005. "A happy "halfway-house"? Medium term inflation targeting in New Zealand," Reserve Bank of New Zealand Discussion Paper Series DP2005/03, Reserve Bank of New Zealand.
  4. Berger, Wolfram, 2008. "Monetary policy rules and the exchange rate," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 30(3), pages 1064-1084, September.
  5. Haider Ali & Eatzaz Ahmad, 2014. "Choice of Monetary Policy Instrument under Targeting Regimes in a Simple Stochastic Macro Model," PIDE-Working Papers 2014:102, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics.

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