Micro-Data on Nominal Rigidity, Inflation Persistence and Optimal Monetary Policy
AbstractThe micro-data on prices indicate that prices, on average, remain unchanged for several months. However, central banks (e.g. European Central Bank) use models for monetary policy analysis that ignore this fact on the grounds that they can explain the persistence of inflation well. In this paper, I evaluate the consequences of implementing policies that are optimal from the perspective of a model that ignores the micro-data. The findings reported in the paper suggest that policy conclusions are significantly affected by whether persistence arises in a manner consistent with the micro-data and that employing models that do not respect micro-data can lead to costly policy mistakes.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by De Gruyter in its journal The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics.
Volume (Year): 11 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (July)
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- Engin Kara, 2009. "Micro data on nominal rigidity, inflation persistence and optimal monetary policy," Working Paper Research 175, National Bank of Belgium.
- E1 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models
- E3 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles
- E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
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- Millard, Stephen & O'Grady, Tom, 2012. "What do sticky and flexible prices tell us?," Bank of England working papers 457, Bank of England.
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