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Optimal price-level drift under commitment in the canonical New Keynesian model

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  • Robert Amano
  • Steve Ambler
  • Malik Shukayev

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In both the canonical and many extended versions of the New Keynesian model, optimal monetary policy under commitment implies price-level stationarity as long as expectations are rational. We show that this is no longer the case if the central bank and private agents make decisions before observing current shocks. The optimal amount of price-level drift in response to unexpected innovations to inflation is quantitatively important. This result has important implications for monetary policy, including the design of the optimal loss function for the central bank if it cannot commit to its future policies.

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

Volume (Year): 45 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 (August)
Pages: 1023-1036

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Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:45:y:2012:i:3:p:1023-1036

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Cited by:
  1. Michael Hatcher, 2013. "Indexed versus nominal government debt under inflation and price-level targeting," Working Papers, Business School - Economics, University of Glasgow 2013_11, Business School - Economics, University of Glasgow.
  2. Hatcher, Michael C. & Minford, Patrick, 2013. "Stabilization policy, rational expectations and price-level versus inflation targeting: a survey," Cardiff Economics Working Papers E2013/14, Cardiff University, Cardiff Business School, Economics Section.

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