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Incomplete exchange rate pass-through and simple monetary policy rules

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  • Adolfson, Malin

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This paper investigates the performance of various monetary rules in an open economy with incomplete exchange rate pass-through. Implementing monetary policy through an exchange rate augmented policy rule does not improve social welfare compared to using an optimized Taylor rule, irrespective of the degree of pass-through. A direct exchange rate response improves welfare only if the other reaction coefficients, on inflation and output, are sub-optimal. However, an indirect exchange rate response, through a policy reaction to Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rather than to domestic inflation, is welfare enhancing. This result is independent of whether society values domestic or CPI inflation stabilization.

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Volume (Year): 26 (2007)
Issue (Month): 3 (April)
Pages: 468-494

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jimfin:v:26:y:2007:i:3:p:468-494

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