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Designing Central Bank Loss Functions

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  • Stephen M. Miller

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    (Department of Economics, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

  • Huiping Yuan

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    (Department of Finance, Xiamen University)

Abstract

Kydland and Prescott (1977) consider the issue of the time-inconsistency of optimal policy and its source. Our paper provides additional insight on this issue. They develop a simple model of monetary policy making, where the central bank needs some commitment technique to achieve optimal monetary policy over time. Although not their main focus, they illustrate the difference between consistent and optimal policy in a sequential-decision one-period world. In our solution, the government appoints a central bank or delegates to the central bank an objective function that differs from the social welfare function. The central bank’s welfare function causes the consistent policy implemented by the central bank to prove optimal for society. The optimal institutional design for the Kydland-Prescott sequential-decision one-period model requires the appointment or delegation to a completely conservative central banker.

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Paper provided by University of Nevada, Las Vegas , Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0908.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2009
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Publication status: Forthcoming International Journal of Business and Economics
Handle: RePEc:nlv:wpaper:0908

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Keywords: Consistent policy; Optimal policy; Consistent targets;

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  1. Huiping Yuan & Stephen M. Miller & Langnan Chen, 2011. "The Optimality And Controllability Of Monetary Policy Through Delegation With Consistent Targets," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 58(1), pages 82-106, February.

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