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Forecast Targeting as a Monetary Policy Strategy - Policy Rules in Practice

In: The Taylor Rule and the Transformation of Monetary Policy

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  • Michael Woodford

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Forecast targeting is an innovation in central banking that represents an important step toward more rule-based policymaking, even if it is not an attempt to follow a policy rule of any of the types that have received primary attention in the theoretical literature on optimal monetary policy. This paper discusses the extent to which forecast targeting can be considered an example of a policy rule, and the conditions under which it would represent a desirable rule, with a view to suggesting improvements in the approaches currently used by forecast-targeting central banks. Particular attention is given to the intertemporal consistency of forecast-targeting procedures, the assumptions about future policy that should be used in constructing the forecasts used in such procedures, the horizon with which the target criterion should be concerned, the relevance of forecasts other than the inflation forecast, and the degree of robustness of a desirable target criterion for monetary policy to changing circumstances.

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  • Evan F. Koenig & Robert Leeson & George A. Kahn (ed.), 2012. "The Taylor Rule and the Transformation of Monetary Policy," Books, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, number 4.
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    1. Fernando Alexandre & Vasco J. Gabriel & Pedro Bação, 2008. "Taylor-type rules versus optimal policy in a Markov-switching economy," NIPE Working Papers 15/2008, NIPE - Universidade do Minho.
    2. Vasco Curdia & Michael Woodford, 2010. "Conventional and Unconventional Monetary Policy," Discussion Papers 0910-17, Columbia University, Department of Economics.
    3. Olivier Loisel, 2013. "The Implementation of Stabilization Policy," Working Papers 2013-24, Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique.
    4. Michael Woodford, 2012. "Inflation Targeting and Financial Stability," NBER Working Papers 17967, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    5. Glenn Otto & Graham Voss, 2009. "Strict and Flexible Inflation Forecast Targets: An Empirical Investigation," Department Discussion Papers 0902, Department of Economics, University of Victoria.
    6. Marc P. Giannoni & Michael Woodford, 2012. "Optimal target criteria for stabilization policy," Staff Reports 535, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
    7. Michael Woodford, 2010. "Optimal Monetary Stabilization Policy," Discussion Papers 0910-18, Columbia University, Department of Economics.
    8. Michael Woodford, 2012. "Principled Policymaking in an Uncertain World," INET Research Notes 10, Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET).
    9. Alexandre, Fernando & Bação, Pedro & Gabriel, Vasco, 2010. "Soft landing in a Markov-switching economy," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 107(2), pages 169-172, May.

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