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Optimal Horizons for Inflation Targeting

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  • Batini, Nicoletta

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    (Research Advisor, Monetary Policy Committee)

  • Nelson, Edward

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    (Monetary Assessment and Strategy Division)

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In this paper we investigate the problem of selecting an optimal horizon for inflation targeting in the United Kingdom. Since there are two key ways of thinking about an optimal horizon, we look at optimal horizons for both of these interpretations. In addition, to see whether our results are robust in the face of model uncertainty, we compute optimal horizons for two different models with divergent structural and dynamic characteristics.

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Paper provided by Sveriges Riksbank (Central Bank of Sweden) in its series Working Paper Series with number 103.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: 01 Feb 2000
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 2001, pages 891-910.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:rbnkwp:0103

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Keywords: Inflation targeting; Horizon; Optimal policy rules; Simple feedback rules; Target;

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