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The non-linear Phillips curve and inflation forecast targeting

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  • Eric Schaling

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This paper extends the Svensson inflation forecast targeting framework with a convex Phillips curve. An asymmetric target rule is derived, which implies a higher level of nominal interest rates than the Svensson forward-looking version of the reaction function popularised by Taylor. Extending the analysis with uncertainty about the output gap, it is found that uncertainty induces a further upward bias in nominal interest rates.

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Paper provided by Bank of England in its series Bank of England working papers with number 98.

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Date of creation: Jul 1999
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