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Monetary policy and learning in an open economy

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  • Ellison, Martin

    ()
    (University of Warwick and CEPR)

  • Sarno, Lucio

    (Warwick Business School and CEPR)

  • Vilmunen, Jouko

    ()
    (Bank of Finland Research)

Abstract

In this paper, we examine the incentives for central bank activism and caution in a two-country open-economy model with uncertainty and learning. We find that the presence of a strategic interaction between the home and foreign central banks creates an additional motivation for caution in monetary policy. An activist policy designed to help the learning of the home central bank is suboptimal since it generates a strong reaction from the foreign central bank. As joint learning by the home and foreign central banks is shown to be detrimental to welfare, the optimal policy is cautious.

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Paper provided by Bank of Finland in its series Research Discussion Papers with number 3/2004.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 20 Jan 2004
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:bofrdp:2004_003

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Keywords: activism; learning; monetary policy; open economy;

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  2. Leitemo, Kai & Söderström, Ulf, 2004. "Robust Monetary Policy in the New-Keynesian Framework," CEPR Discussion Papers 4805, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  3. Mikko Puhakka, 2005. "Equilibrium dynamics under lump-sum taxation in an exchange economy with skewed endowments," Macroeconomics 0508033, EconWPA.

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