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Uncertainty in the Estimation of Potential Output and Implications for the Conduct of Monetary Policy

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  • Sra Chuenchoksan

    (Bank of Thailand)

  • Don Nakornthab

    (Bank of Thailand)

  • Surach Tanboon

    (Bank of Thailand)

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    This paper looks at the implications of uncertainty in potential output estimation for the conduct of monetary policy. Our findings of potential output and the output gap for Thailand are based on commonly used methods such as the Hodrick-Prescott filter and unobserved component models. Estimation problems associated with real-time data, parameter uncertainty, and model uncertainty are investigated. In dealing with such uncertainties, we review various solutions from both theoretical and practical aspects of monetary policy design.

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    Paper provided by Economic Research Department, Bank of Thailand in its series Working Papers with number 2008-04.

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    Length: 52 pages
    Date of creation: Apr 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:bth:wpaper:2008-04

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