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Targeting Inflation with a Prominent Role for Money

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  • Söderström, Ulf

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    (Research Department, Central Bank of Sweden)

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This paper demonstrates how a target for money growth can be beneficial for an inflation targeting central bank acting under discretion. Because the growth rate of money is closely related to the change in the interest rate and he growth of real output, delegating a money growth target to the central bank makes discretionary policy more inertial, leading to better social outcomes. This delegation scheme is also compared with other schemes suggested in the literature. Although other delegation schemes are sometimes more efficient, the results indicate that giving a prominent role to a money growth indicator can be a sensible strategy for monetary policy.

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Paper provided by Sveriges Riksbank (Central Bank of Sweden) in its series Working Paper Series with number 123.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jun 2001
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Publication status: Published in Economica, 2005, pages 577-596.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:rbnkwp:0123

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Keywords: Discretion; commitment; monetary policy inertia; inflation targeting; monetary targeting;

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  4. Jean-Paul Lam, 2003. "Alternative Targeting Regimes, Transmission Lags, and the Exchange Rate Channel," Working Papers 03-39, Bank of Canada.
  5. Adolfson, Malin, 2001. "Optimal Monetary Policy Delegation under Incomplete Exchange Rate Pass-Through," Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance 477, Stockholm School of Economics.
  6. Mash, Richard, 2002. "New Keynesian Microfoundations Revisited: A Generalised Calvo-Taylor Model and the Desirability of Inflation vs. Price Level Targeting," Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2002 138, Royal Economic Society.

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