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The Role of Economic Policy After the New Classical Macroeconomics

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  • Willem H. Buiter

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The paper considers the implications of the rational expectations - New Classical Macroeconomics revolution for the "rules versus discretion" debate. The following issues are covered 1) The ineffectiveness of anticipated stabilization policy, 2) Non-causal models and rational expectations, 3) optimal control in non-causal models -the inconsistency of optimal plans. I established the robustness of the proposition that contingent (closed-loop or feedback) rules dominate fixed (open-loop) rules. The optimal contingent rule in non-causal models - the innovation or disturbance-contingent feedback rule - is quite different from the state-contingent feedback rule derived by dynamic stochastic programming

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Technical Working Papers with number 0006.

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Date of creation: Nov 1980
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  1. Barro, Robert J, 1977. "Unanticipated Money Growth and Unemployment in the United States," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 67(2), pages 101-15, March.
  2. Willem H. Buiter, 1980. "The Role of Economic Policy After the New Classical Macroeconomics," NBER Technical Working Papers 0006, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  1. Willem H. Buiter, 1980. "The Role of Economic Policy After the New Classical Macroeconomics," NBER Technical Working Papers 0006, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Buiter, Willem H, 1984. "Policy Evaluation and Design for Continuous Time Linear Rational Expectations Models: Some Recent Developments," CEPR Discussion Papers 15, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  3. Willem H. Buiter, 1981. "A Note on the Solution of A Two-Point Boundary Value Problem Frequently Encountered in Rational Expectations Models," NBER Technical Working Papers 0012, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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