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Opportunistic monetary policy: An alternative rationalization

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  • Minford, Patrick
  • Srinivasan, Naveen

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This paper offers an alternative rationalization for opportunistic behaviour i.e., a gradual disinflation strategy where policymakers react asymmetrically to supply shocks, opting to disinflate only in recessionary period. Specifically, we show that adaptive expectations combined with asymmetry in the Phillips curve of a specific sort together provide an optimizing justification for opportunism. However, the empirical basis for these conditions to be satisfied in the current low-inflation context of most OECD countries remains however to be established.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economics and Business.

Volume (Year): 58 (2006)
Issue (Month): 5-6 ()
Pages: 366-372

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jebusi:v:58:y:2006:i:5-6:p:366-372

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  1. Minford, Patrick & Srinivasan, Naveen, 2008. "Are Central Bank Preferences Asymmetric? A Comment," Cardiff Economics Working Papers E2008/5, Cardiff University, Cardiff Business School, Economics Section.
  2. Christopher Martin & Costas Milas, 2010. "Testing The Opportunistic Approach To Monetary Policy," Manchester School, University of Manchester, vol. 78(2), pages 110-125, 03.
  3. Naveen Srinivasan & M. Ramachandran & Sudhanshu Kumar, 2010. "Monetary Policy in a Low Inflation Environment: Is There Evidence for Opportunistic Behaviour?," Journal of Quantitative Economics, The Indian Econometric Society, vol. 8(2), pages 4-19.
  4. Srinivasan, Naveen & Kumar, Sudhanshu, 2012. "Zone-quadratic preference, asymmetry and international reserve accretion in India: An empirical investigation," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 22(2), pages 253-263.

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