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Ordering Policy Rules with an Unconditional Welfare Measure

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  • Tatiana Damjanovic

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  • Vladislav Damjanovic

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  • Charles Nolan

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The unconditional expectation of social welfare is often used to assess alternative macroeconomic policy rules in applied quantitative research. This paper provides a detailed analysis of such policies. It sets out the unconditionally optimal (UO) policy problem and derives an LQ version of that problem that approximates the exact non-linear problem. The properties of UO policies are analysed through a series of examples and contrasted with the timeless perspective (TP), exposited in Benigno and Woodford (2012). Some substantive implications for optimal monetary policy are explored.

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Paper provided by Centre for Dynamic Macroeconomic Analysis in its series CDMA Working Paper Series with number 201104.

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Date of creation: 15 Mar 2011
Date of revision: 01 Jun 2013
Handle: RePEc:san:cdmawp:1104

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Keywords: Optimal monetary policy; Linear-Quadratic approximation; ranking simple policy rules; unconditional expectations; optimal continuation policy.;

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