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Optimal Stabilization Policy with Flexible Prices

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  • Aleksander Berentsen
  • Christopher Waller

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We construct a dynamic stochastic general equilibrium model to study optimal monetary stabilization policy. Prices are fully flexible and money is essential for trade. Our main result is that if the central bank pursues a long-run price path, thereby controlling inflation expectations, it can improve welfare by stabilizing short-run aggregate shocks. The optimal policy involves smoothing nominal interest rates which effectively smooths consumption across states. Failure to follow a long-run price path makes any stabilization attempt ineffective.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 1638.

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Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_1638

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Cited by:
  1. Francoise Forges & Frederic Koessler, 2006. "Long Persuasion Games," THEMA Working Papers 2006-01, THEMA (THéorie Economique, Modélisation et Applications), Université de Cergy-Pontoise.
  2. José Suárez-Lledó, 2009. "Monetary Policy with Heterogeneous Collateralized Borrowing," Working Papers 374, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
  3. Marchesiani, Alessandro & Senesi, Pietro, 2007. "Money and Nominal Bonds," MPRA Paper 9417, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Ben J. Heijdra & Jenny Ligthart, 2006. "The Transitional Dynamics of Fiscal Policy in Small Open Economies," CESifo Working Paper Series 1777, CESifo Group Munich.

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