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Optimal Time Consistent Monetary Policy

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  • Tatiana Damjanovic

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  • Vladislav Damjanovic

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  • Charles Nolan

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We discuss the issue of time consistency of monetary policy. We develop a simple and intuitive procedure to derive analytically the unconditionally optimal (UO) policy in a general linear-quadratic set-up, a perspective stressed by Taylor (1979) and Whiteman (1986). We compare the UO perspective on optimal monetary policy with alternative approaches. We use our approach in simple backward- and forward-looking models and argue that the UO perspective is worthy of renewed interest.

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Paper provided by Centre for Dynamic Macroeconomic Analysis in its series CDMA Working Paper Series with number 200606.

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Date of creation: 15 Jun 2006
Date of revision: 15 Jan 2007
Handle: RePEc:san:cdmawp:0606

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

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