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The Natural Rate Hypothesis and Real Determinacy

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  • Alexander Meyer-Gohde

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The uniqueness of bounded local equilibria under interest rate rules is analyzed in a model with sticky information `a la Mankiw and Reis (2002). The main results are tighter bounds on monetary policy than in sticky-price models, irrelevance of the degree of output-gap targeting for determinacy, independence of determinacy regions from parameters outside the interest-rate rule, and equivalence between real determinacy in models satisfying the natural rate hypothesis and nominal determinacy in the associated full-information, flex-price equivalent. The analysis follows from boundedness considerations on the nonautonomous recursion that describe the MA(¥) representation of variables’ reaction to endogenous fluctuations.

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Paper provided by Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany in its series SFB 649 Discussion Papers with number SFB649DP2008-054.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2008
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Handle: RePEc:hum:wpaper:sfb649dp2008-054

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Keywords: Nonautonomous difference equations; Indeterminacy; Taylor rule; Sticky information; Sticky prices;

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