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Asset Prices, Nominal Rigidities, and Monetary Policy

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  • Charles T. Carlstrom

    (Federal Reserve bank of Cleveland)

  • Timothy Fuerst

    (Bowling Green State University)

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Should monetary policy respond to asset prices? This paper analyzes this question from the vantage point of equilibrium determinacy. A central bank responding to asset prices is indirectly responding to firm profits. In a model with sticky prices, increases in inflation tend to lower firm profits so that a central bank responding to share prices implicitly weakens its overall response to inflation. This is the novel source of equilibrium indeterminacy highlighted in the paper. (Copyright: Elsevier)

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Article provided by Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics in its journal Review of Economic Dynamics.

Volume (Year): 10 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 256-275

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Keywords: Monetary policy; Equilibrium determinacy; Interest rate rules;

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