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Optimal monetary policy with asymmetric preferences for output

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  • Cassou, Steven P.
  • Scott, C. Patrick
  • Vázquez, Jesús

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We extend Ruge-Murcia (2003, 2004) to weigh inflation and output and show that empirical evidence supports an asymmetric preference hypothesis for output. We also find evidence that the monetary authority targets potential output in parallel to Barro and Gordon (1983).

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 117 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 654-656

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:117:y:2012:i:3:p:654-656

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Keywords: Optimal monetary policy; Asymmetric preferences; Conditional output volatility;

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