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Inflation Targeting in the United States?

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  • Marvin Goodfriend

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The paper begins by tracing the origins of the case for inflation targeting in postwar US monetary history. It describes five aspects of inflation targeting practiced implicitly by the Greenspan Fed. It argues that (1) low long run inflation should be an explicit priority for monetary policy, (2) as a practical matter it is not desirable for the Fed to vary its short run inflation target (3) strict inflation targeting can be regarded as effcient constrained countercyclical stabilization policy. Finally, the paper suggests that the Fed publicly acknowledge its implicit priority for low long run inflation, that Congress recognize that priority, and that in return representatives of the FOMC consider participating in a monetary policy forum to better inform the public and congressional oversight committees about current monetary policy.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 9981.

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Publication status: published as Inflation Targeting in the United States? , Marvin Goodfriend. in The Inflation-Targeting Debate , Bernanke and Woodford. 2005
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:9981

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  1. Marvin Goodfriend & Robert G. King, 1998. "The new neoclassical synthesis and the role of monetary policy," Working Paper, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond 98-05, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.
  2. Woodford Michael, 2002. "Inflation Stabilization and Welfare," The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, De Gruyter, De Gruyter, vol. 2(1), pages 1-53, February.
  3. Frederic S. Mishkin & Adam S. Posen, 1997. "Inflation targeting: lessons from four countries," Economic Policy Review, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, issue Aug, pages 9-110.
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