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Inflation Targeting and Communication

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  • Katerina Smídková
  • Viktor Kotlán
  • David Navrátil
  • Ales Bulir

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Inflation-targeting central banks have a respectable track record at explaining their policy actions and corresponding inflation outturns. Using a simple forward-looking policy rule and an assessment of inflation reports, we provide a new methodology for the empirical evaluation of consistency in central bank communication. We find that the three communication tools-inflation targets, inflation forecasts, and verbal assessments of inflation factors contained in quarterly inflation reports-provided a consistent message in five out of six observations in our 2000-05 sample of Chile, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Thailand, and Sweden.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 08/234.

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Length: 42
Date of creation: 01 Oct 2008
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:08/234

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Keywords: Inflation targeting; Emerging markets; Economic forecasting; inflation; monetary policy; central bank; inflation forecasts; inflation target; national bank; monetary policy decisions; monetary fund; inflation-targeting; real interest rate; foreign exchange; inflationary pressures; price stability; forecasting inflation; monetary policy transparency; rate of inflation; monetary stance; expectations of inflation; experience of inflation; nominal interest rate; monetary policy strategy; inflation performance;

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Cited by:
  1. Ales Bulir & David-Jan Jansen & Martin Cihák, 2012. "Clarity of Central Bank Communication About Inflation," IMF Working Papers 12/9, International Monetary Fund.
  2. Juraj Antal & Michal Hlaváèek & Tomáš Holub, 2008. "Inflation Target Fulfillment in the Czech Republic in 1998–2007: Some Stylized Facts," Czech Journal of Economics and Finance (Finance a uver), Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, vol. 58(09-10), pages 406-424, December.
  3. Aliyu, Shehu Usman Rano & Englama, Abwaku, 2009. "Is Nigeria Ready for Inflation Targeting?," MPRA Paper 14870, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 26 Apr 2009.
  4. Nicholas Herro & James Murray, 2013. "Dynamics of Monetary Policy Uncertainty and the Impact on the Macroeconomy," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 33(1), pages 257-270.
  5. Herro, Nicholas & Murray, James, 2011. "Dynamics of Monetary Policy Uncertainty and the Impact on the Macroeconomy," MPRA Paper 30387, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  6. Martin Cihák & Katerina Smídková & Ales Bulir, 2008. "Writing Clearly: ECB’s Monetary Policy Communication," IMF Working Papers 08/252, International Monetary Fund.

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