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Ordering policy rules with an unconditional welfare measure

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  • Tatiana Damjanovic
  • Vladislav Damjanovic
  • Charles Nolan

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The unconditional expectation of social welfare is often used to assess alternative macroeconomic policy rules in applied quantative research. It is shown that it is generally possible to derive a linear-quadratic problem that approximates the exact non-linear porblem where the unconditional expectation of the objective is maximised and the steady- state is distorted. Thus, the measure of policy performance is a linear combination of second moments of economic variables which is relatively easy to compute numerically, and can be used to rank alternative policy rules. The approach is applied to a simple Calvo-type model under various monetary policy rules.

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Paper provided by Business School - Economics, University of Glasgow in its series Working Papers with number 2011_15.

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Keywords: Linear-quadratic approximation.; unconditional expectations; optimal monetary policy; ranking simple policy rules.;

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