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A "Working" Solution to the Question of Nominal GDP Targeting

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  • Michael T. Belongia

    (University of Mississippi)

  • Peter N. Ireland

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    (Boston College)

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Although a number of economists have tried to revive the idea of nominal GDP targeting since the financial market collapse of 2008, relatively little has been offered in terms of a specific framework for how this objective might be achieved in practice. In this paper we adopt a strategy outlined by Holbrook Working (1923) and employed, with only minor modifications, by Hallman, et al. (1991) in the P-Star model. We then present a series of theoretical and empirical results to show that Divisia monetary aggregates can be controlled by the Federal Reserve and that the trend velocities of these aggregates, by virtue of the properties of superlative indexes, exhibit the stability required to make long-run targeting feasible.

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Paper provided by Boston College Department of Economics in its series Boston College Working Papers in Economics with number 802.

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Date of creation: 30 Jun 2012
Date of revision: 04 Jan 2013
Handle: RePEc:boc:bocoec:802

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Keywords: nominal GDP targeting; Holbrook Working; P-Star;

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  1. Barnett, William A. & Chauvet, Marcelle & Leiva-Leon, Danilo, 2014. "Real-Time Nowcasting Nominal GDP Under Structural Break," MPRA Paper 53699, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. William Barnett, 2013. "Friedman and Divisia Monetary Measures," WORKING PAPERS SERIES IN THEORETICAL AND APPLIED ECONOMICS 201312, University of Kansas, Department of Economics, revised Dec 2013.

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