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Optimal Monetary Policy Rules from a Timeless Perspective

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  • Tatiana Damjanovic

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  • Vladislav Damjanovic

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  • Charles Nolan

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The timelessly optimal monetary policy proposed by Woodford (2003) may be dominated by alternative timeless policies. We provide a formal justification for these alternative policies. We demonstrate why discount rates do not matter and establish that optimizing over the unconditional expectation of the policy criterion function recovers these alternative strategies.

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Paper provided by Centre for Dynamic Macroeconomic Analysis in its series CDMA Working Paper Series with number 200510.

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Date of creation: 15 Oct 2005
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Handle: RePEc:san:cdmawp:0510

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Keywords: Time consistency; unconditional expectation; timeless perspective; optimal monetary policy.;

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