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Teaching Inflation Targeting: An Analysis for Intermediate Macro

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  • Carl E. Walsh

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Over the last decade, many central banks have adopted policies known as inflation targeting. If intermediate-level macroeconomics students are to be prepared to think about current policy issues, it is important to provide them with an introduction to the macroeconomic implications of inflation targeting. Unfortunately, the standard aggregate demand-aggregate supply frameworks commonly used to teach intermediate macroeconomics are not well suited for this task because they are expressed in terms of output and the price level and because they fail to make explicit the policy objectives of the central bank. The author provides a simple graphical device involving the output gap and the inflation rate that overcomes these problems and that can be used to teach intermediate macroeconomics students about inflation targeting.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal The Journal of Economic Education.

Volume (Year): 33 (2002)
Issue (Month): 4 (January)
Pages: 333-346

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