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Optimal Monetary Policy in a Small Open Economy under Segmented Asset Markets and Sticky Prices

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  • Juan Pablo Medina
  • Ruy Lama

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This paper studies optimal monetary policy in a two-sector small open economy model under segmented asset markets and sticky prices. We solve the Ramsey problem under full commitment, and characterize the optimal monetary policy in a calibrated version of the model. The findings of the paper are threefold. First, the Ramsey solution mimics the allocations under flexible prices. Second, under the optimal policy the volatility of non-tradable inflation is close to zero. Third, stabilizing nontradable inflation is optimal regardless of the financial structure of the small open economy. Even for a moderate degree of price stickiness, implementing a monetary policy that mitigates asset market segmentation is highly distortionary. This last result suggests that policymakers should resort to other policy instruments in order to correct financial imperfections.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2005 Meeting Papers with number 774.

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Keywords: Optimal monetary policy; Asset market segmentation; Sticky prices.;

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  1. De Paoli, Bianca, 2009. "Monetary policy and welfare in a small open economy," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 77(1), pages 11-22, February.
  2. Fernando E. Alvarez & Francesco Lippi, 2011. "Persistent Liquidity Effects and Long Run Money Demand," NBER Working Papers 17566, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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