Price Level Targeting vs. Inflation Targeting: A Free Lunch?
AbstractPrice level targeting (without base drift) and inflation targeting (with base drift) are compared under commitment and discretion, with persistence in unemployment. Price level targeting is often said to imply more short-run inflation variability and thereby more employment variability than inflation targeting. Counter to this conventional wisdom, under discretion a price level target results in lower inflation variability than an inflation target (if unemployment is at least moderately persistent). A price level target also eliminates the inflation bias under discretion and, as is well known, reduces long-term price variability. Society may be better off assigning a price level target to the central bank even if its preferences correspond to inflation targeting. A price level target thus appears to have more advantages than commonly acknowledged.
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Date of creation: Aug 1996
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Publication status: published as Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Vol. 31 (1999): 277-295.
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- Svensson, Lars E.O., 1997. "Price Level Targeting vs. Inflation Targeting: A Free Lunch?," Seminar Papers, Stockholm University, Institute for International Economic Studies 614, Stockholm University, Institute for International Economic Studies.
- Svensson, L-E-O, 1996. "Price Level Targeting vs Inflation Targeting : A free Lunch?," Papers, Stockholm - International Economic Studies 614, Stockholm - International Economic Studies.
- D42 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure and Pricing - - - Monopoly
- E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
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