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Alternative Nominal Anchors

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  • Peter N. Ireland

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In this paper, the choice of an intermediate target for monetary policy is considered using a model that allows each alternative to be judged based on its welfare effects, measured using a representative household's utility function. The results show that nominal income targeting is preferable to money supply targeting since it provides an appropriate response to money demand shocks. Price-level targeting dominates nominal income targeting, however, since it also provides an appropriate response to technology shocks. In fact, these results imply that price-level targeting represents the optimal monetary policy.

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Article provided by Canadian Economics Association in its journal Canadian Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 31 (1998)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 365-384

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Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:31:y:1998:i:2:p:365-384

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  1. McCallum, Bennett T., 1999. "Issues in the design of monetary policy rules," Handbook of Macroeconomics, in: J. B. Taylor & M. Woodford (ed.), Handbook of Macroeconomics, edition 1, volume 1, chapter 23, pages 1483-1530 Elsevier.
  2. Guender, Alfred V. & Tam, Julie, 2004. "On the performance of nominal income targeting as a strategy for monetary policy in a small open economy," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 23(2), pages 143-163, March.

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