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Out of reach? Convergence to an inflation target in the Central Bank of Iceland's macroeconomic model

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  • Baldursson, Fridrik M.
  • Hall, Axel

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Inflation scenarios in forecasts of the Central Bank of Iceland (CBI) appear to converge to the inflation target (2.5%) in 8-9 quarters. We ask whether this is a coincidence or an inherent property of the CBI’s model, QMM. We formulate a sub-model, containing equations for inflation, inflation expectations, wages, exchange rate and the policy interest rate. We find that rapid convergence toward the inflation target is a property of the QMM when a Taylor-rule is included in the model. Underlying is an inflation expectations equation which assumes a high degree of credibility of the CBI. This equation, however, lacks empirical underpinnings. When we replace the QMM expectations equation with an estimated equation, a more realistic picture emerges where the Central Bank has to raise the policy rate considerably higher than in QMM scenarios and it takes much longer to reach the inflation target.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 13930.

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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:13930

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Keywords: Inflation targeting; inflation forecasts; inflation expectations; macroeconomic models; credibility;

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  1. Svensson, Lars E O, 1998. "Inflation Targeting as a Monetary Policy Rule," CEPR Discussion Papers 1998, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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