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How Flexible Can Inflation Targeting Be? Suggestions for the Future of Canada's Targeting Regime

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  • Thorsten V. Koeppl

    (Queen's University)

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In Canada, inflation targeting is widely agreed to have been a success story, but questions about how the regime might be fine-tuned in 2011 remain open. This Commentary asks how much discretion an inflation-targeting Bank of Canada can be allowed without compromising the credibility of its low inflation goal.

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Volume (Year): (2009)
Issue (Month): 293 (August)
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Handle: RePEc:cdh:commen:293

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Keywords: monetary policy; Bank of Canada; inflation targeting;

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  1. William B.P. Robson, 2009. "To the Next Level: From Gold Standard to Inflation Targets - to Price Stability?," C.D. Howe Institute Commentary, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 285, March.

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