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Optimal monetary policy in an economy with sticky nominal wages

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  • Evan F. Koenig

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In this article, Evan Koenig derives the optimal monetary policy rule for an economy with contractual wage agreements. The optimal rule has the monetary authority target a weighted average of aggregate output and the price level. In a realistic special case, the optimal rule calls for the monetary authority to target aggregate nominal spending. The optimal rule is quite general in form, encompassing policy proposals made by such prominent economists as Robert Hall and John Taylor. ; Koenig points out that if the monetary authority responds optimally to economic shocks, it will be difficult to distinguish the effects of monetary policy from the effects of the shocks themselves. So, the important contribution that monetary policy makes to the economy may easily be overlooked. Paradoxically, only insofar as monetary policy is implemented with error will it be apparent that monetary policy matters.

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Article provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas in its journal Economic and Financial Policy Review.

Volume (Year): (1995)
Issue (Month): Q II ()
Pages: 24-31

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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedder:y:1995:i:qii:p:24-31

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Keywords: Monetary policy ; Wages;

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  1. Stephen D. Prowse, 1997. "Corporate financing and governance: an international perspective," Southwest Economy, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, issue Sep, pages 9-10.
  2. Brown, Stephen P. A. & Yucel, Mine K., 2002. "Energy prices and aggregate economic activity: an interpretative survey," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 42(2), pages 193-208.
  3. Lori L. Taylor, 1997. "Regional update," Southwest Economy, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, issue Sep, pages 11.
  4. Guender, Alfred V., 2002. "Optimal and efficient monetary policy rules in a forward-looking model," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 24(1), pages 41-49, March.
  5. Evan F. Koenig, 2011. "Monetary policy, financial stability, and the distribution of risk," Working Papers 1111, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
  6. Sheila Dolmas & Mark A. Wynne & Jahyeong Koo, 1997. "Rolling recessions," Southwest Economy, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, issue Sep, pages 1-4.
  7. Evan F. Koenig, 1997. "Is the Fed slave to a defunct economist," Southwest Economy, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, issue Sep, pages 5-8.

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