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Inflation to target : what inflation to target?

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  • Kevin X.D. Huang
  • Zheng Liu

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This paper derives a central bank's objective function and optimal policy rule for an economy with both CPI and PPI inflation rates. It implements constrained-optimal policy rules with minimal information requirement, and evaluates the robustness of these simple rules when the central bank may not know the exact sources of shocks or nominal rigidities. One of the main findings is that monetary policy that ignores PPI inflation rate or PPI sector shocks can result in significant welfare loss.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in its series Research Working Paper with number RWP 03-10.

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Date of creation: 2004
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedkrw:rwp03-10

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Keywords: Monetary policy;

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  1. Jian Wang, 2007. "Home bias, exchange rate disconnect, and optimal exchange rate policy," Working Papers 0701, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

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