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Inequality Aversion and the Long-Run Effectiveness of Monetary Policy: Bilateral versus Group Comparison

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  • Steffen Ahrens

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In this paper we incorporate the two most prominent approaches of inequality aversion, i.e. Fehr and Schmidt (1999) and Bolton and Ockenfels (2000) into an otherwise standard New Keynesian macro model and compare them with respect to their influence on the long-run effectiveness of monetary policy. We find that the choice for Fehr and Schmidt or Bolton and Ockenfels like preferences is of importance only for the quantitative - but not the qualitative - effectiveness of monetary policy in the long-run

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Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 1802.

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Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2012
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Handle: RePEc:kie:kieliw:1802

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Keywords: price stickiness; long-run Phillips curve; inequality aversion;

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