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A positive theory of monetary policy and robust control

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  • Kilponen , Juha

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    (Bank of Finland Research)

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This paper applies the robust control approach to a simple positive theory of monetary policy, when the central bank’s model of the economy is subject to misspecifications. It is shown that a central bank should react more aggressively to supply shocks when the model misspecifications grow larger. Moreover, the model misspecifications aggravate the inflation bias and a trade-off between output stabilisation and inflation worsens when the uncertainty surrounding the central bank’s model increases. This implies that the larger the model misspecifications are, the more inflation-averse the central bank should be.

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Paper provided by Bank of Finland in its series Research Discussion Papers with number 18/2003.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 12 Aug 2003
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:bofrdp:2003_018

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Keywords: risk-sensitivity; robust control theory; monetary policy; Brainard conservatism; model uncertainty;

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Cited by:
  1. Kilponen, Juha & Leitemo, Kai, 2006. "Robustness in monetary policymaking: a case for the Friedman rule," Research Discussion Papers 4/2006, Bank of Finland.
  2. Meixing Dai & Eleftherios Spyromitros, 2009. "Accountability and Transparency about Central Bank Preferences for Model Robustness," Working Papers of BETA 2009-18, Bureau d'Economie Théorique et Appliquée, UDS, Strasbourg.
  3. Kilponen, Juha, 2004. "Robust expectations and uncertain models – A robust control approach with application to the New Keynesian economy," Research Discussion Papers 5/2004, Bank of Finland.
  4. Francesco Giuli, 2007. "Robust control in a Sticky information economy," Working Papers 98, University of Rome La Sapienza, Department of Public Economics.

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