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Optimal monetary policy in the generalized Taylor economy

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  • Kara, Engin

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In this paper, we use the generalized Taylor economy (GTE) framework to examine the optimal choice of inflation index. In this otherwise standard dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (DSGE) model, there can be many sectors, each with a different contract length. In the GTE framework with an empirically relevant contract structure, a simple rule under which the interest rate responds to economy-wide inflation gives a welfare outcome nearly identical to the optimal policy. This finding suggests that it may not be necessary for a well-designed monetary policy to respond to sector-specific inflations.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control.

Volume (Year): 34 (2010)
Issue (Month): 10 (October)
Pages: 2023-2037

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Handle: RePEc:eee:dyncon:v:34:y:2010:i:10:p:2023-2037

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Keywords: Inflation targeting Optimal monetary policy;

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Cited by:
  1. Engin Kara, 2011. "Understanding and Modelling Reset Price Inflation," Bristol Economics Discussion Papers 11/623, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK.
  2. Dixon, Huw & Kara, Engin, 2011. "Contract length heterogeneity and the persistence of monetary shocks in a dynamic generalized Taylor economy," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 55(2), pages 280-292, February.
  3. Huw Dixon & Engin Kara, 2011. "Taking Multi-Sector Dynamic General Equilibrium Models to the Data," Bristol Economics Discussion Papers 11/621, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK.
  4. Huw D. Dixon & Hervé Le Bihan, 2010. "Generalized Taylor and Generalized Calvo Price and Wage-Setting: Micro Evidence with Macro Implications," CESifo Working Paper Series 3119, CESifo Group Munich.
  5. Engin Kara, 2012. "Using Micro Data on Prices to Improve Business Cycle Models," Bristol Economics Discussion Papers 12/632, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK.
  6. Dixon, Huw & Franklin, Jeremy & Millard, Stephen, 2014. "Sectoral shocks and monetary policy in the United Kingdom," Bank of England working papers 499, Bank of England.

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