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Designing Target Rules for International Monetary Policy Cooperation

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  • Gianluca Benigno
  • Pierpaolo Benigno

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This study analyzes a two-country dynamic general equilibrium model with nominal rigidities, monopolisticcompetition and producer currency pricing. A quadratic approximation to the utility of the consumers is derivedand assumed as the policy objective function of the policymakers. It is shown that only under special conditionsthere are no gains from cooperation and moreover that the paths of the exchange rate and prices in theconstrained-efficient solution depend on the kind of disturbance that affects the economy. It might be the caseeither for fixed or floating exchange rates. Despite this result, simple targeting rules that involve only targets forthe growth of output and for both domestic GDP and CPI inflation rates can replicate the cooperative allocation.

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Keywords: monetary policy cooperation; sticky prices; welfare analysis; targeting rules; inflation target;

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  1. Pierpaolo Benigno & Michael Woodford, 2004. "Inflation stabilization and welfare: The case of a distorted steady state," Discussion Papers 0405-04, Columbia University, Department of Economics.
  2. Alex Haberis & Anna Lipinska, 2012. "International policy spillovers at the zero lower bound," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2012-23, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  3. Mark Gertler & Lars Svensson & Andrea Ferrero, 2008. "Current Account Dynamics and Monetary Policy," 2008 Meeting Papers 359, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  4. Ascari, Guido & Rankin, Neil, 2007. "Perpetual youth and endogenous labor supply: A problem and a possible solution," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 29(4), pages 708-723, December.
  5. Giancarlo Corsetti & Luca Dedola & Sylvain Leduc, 2010. "Optimal monetary policy in open economies," Working Paper Series 2010-13, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
  6. Alan Sutherland, 2005. "The Expenditure Switching Effect, Welfare and Monetary Policy in a Small Open Economy," The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series iiisdp022, IIIS.
  7. Okano, Eiji & Eguchi, Masataka & Gunji, Hiroshi & Miyazaki, Tomomi, 2012. "Optimal Monetary Policy in an Estimated Local Currency Pricing Model," Discussion Paper Series 558, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
  8. Bilbiie, Florin Ovidiu, 2009. "Delegating Optimal Monetary Policy Inertia," CEPR Discussion Papers 7482, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

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