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Inflation Targeting - the Holy Grail of Monetary Policy?

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Inflation targeting is a statement about the objective of central bank policy and not about operating procedures. Its success depends not only on the actions of the central bank, but requires a broad consensus concerning the proper role of monetary policy in the economy. It also requires the backing of a sound fiscal policy. As countries differ both in economic structure and monetary transmission mechanism, the implementation of inflation targeting must be country specific. Instability over time in the transmission mechanism also implies that inflation targeting strategies must evolve over time to avoid the fate of previous monetary policy targeting practices.

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Paper provided by Economics Section, The Graduate Institute of International Studies in its series IHEID Working Papers with number 11-2002.

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Date of creation: Aug 2002
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Policy Reform, Volume 5, 3, 2002, pages 161-171
Handle: RePEc:gii:giihei:heiwp11-2002

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Keywords: International Economics; Monetary Policy; Inflation targeting; Monetary transmission mechanism;

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  1. Robert Neil McCauley, 2006. "Understanding monetary policy in Malaysia and Thailand: objectives, instruments and independence," BIS Papers chapters, in: Bank for International Settlements (ed.), Monetary policy in Asia: approaches and implementation, volume 31, pages 172-198 Bank for International Settlements.
  2. Wai-Ching Poon & Gee-Kok Tong, 2009. "The feasibility of inflation targeting in Malaysia," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 29(2), pages 1035-1045.
  3. Kosta Josifidis & Emilija Beker Pucar & Slađana Srdić & Gabriela Ivan, 2014. "Inflation Targeting in Advanced vs. Emerging Economies before and after the Crisis," Panoeconomicus, Savez ekonomista Vojvodine, Novi Sad, Serbia, vol. 61(1), pages 79-106, Februar.

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