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Is the Walsh Contract Really Optimal?

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  • Francisco Candel-Sánchez

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  • Juan Cristóbal Campoy-Miñarroy
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    The purpose of this paper is to show that the linear penalization to inflation found in Walsh (1995) is not the government's optimal choice when the fixed part of the transfer scheme is any given constant and the payment to the central bank represents a cost for the government.

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Public Choice.

    Volume (Year): 120 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 1_2 (07)
    Pages: 29-39

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:120:y:2004:i:1_2:p:29-39

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    Cited by:
    1. Georgios E. Chortareas & Stephen M. Miller, 2006. "The Walsh Contracts for Central Bankers Are Optimal After All!," Working papers 2006-14, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics.
    2. Dai, Meixing & Spyromitros, Eleftherios, 2012. "Inflation contract, central bank transparency and model uncertainty," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 29(6), pages 2371-2381.
    3. Giuseppe Ciccarone & Enrico Marchetti, 2008. "Linear Contracts, Common Agency and Central Bank Preference Uncertainty," Working Papers 115, University of Rome La Sapienza, Department of Public Economics.

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