The optimal inflation rate revisited
AbstractWe challenge the widely held belief that New-Keynesian models cannot predict optimal positive inâ€¡ ations. We finnd that these are justified by the Phelps argument. This mainly happens because we also consider distortionary expects of public transfers. Our predictions are broadly consistent with recent estimates of the Fed inflation targets. We also contradict theview that the Ramsey policy should minimize inflation volatility and induce near-random walk dynamics of public debt in the long-run. It should instead stabilize debt-to-GDP ratios to mitigate steady-state distortions. This latter result is strikingly similar to policy analyses in the aftermath of the 2008 crisis.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 208.
Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2011
Date of revision: Mar 2011
trend inflation; monetary and fiscal policy; Ramsey plan.;
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- Di Bartolomeo Giovanni & Tirelli Patrizio & Acocella Nicola, 2011. "The optimal inflation rate revisited," wp.comunite 0069, Department of Communication, University of Teramo.
- Giovanni Di Bartolomeo & Patrizio Tirelli & Nicola Acocella, . "The optimal inflation rate revisited," Working Papers 76/10, Sapienza University of Rome, Metodi e modelli per l'economia, il territorio e la finanza MEMOTEF.
- E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
- E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
- J51 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects
- E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomics: Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution
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- NEP-ALL-2011-04-09 (All new papers)
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- NEP-MAC-2011-04-09 (Macroeconomics)
- NEP-MON-2011-04-09 (Monetary Economics)
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