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Household’s Preferences and Monetary Policy Inertia

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  • Alessandro Flamini

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    (Department of Economics, The University of Sheffield)

  • Andrea Fracasso

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The estimation of monetary policy rules suggests that the interest rates set by central banks move with a certain inertia. Although a number of hypotheses have been suggested to explain this phenomenon, its ultimate origin is unclear, thus delineating this issue as a modern "puzzle" in monetary economics. We show that household's preferences can play an important role in determining optimal interest rate inertia. Importantly, this can occur even when the central bank has negligible preferences for smoothing the interest rate.

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Paper provided by The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2009002.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2009
Date of revision: Feb 2009
Handle: RePEc:shf:wpaper:2009002

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Keywords: Optimal monetary policy; interest rate smoothing; household's preferences;

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Cited by:
  1. Alessandro Flamini, 2012. "Interest Rate Forecasts in Inflation Targeting Open-Economies," DEM Working Papers Series 027, University of Pavia, Department of Economics and Management.
  2. Alessandro Flamini & Andrea Fracasso, 2009. "Household’s Preferences and Monetary Policy Inertia," Working Papers 2009002, The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics, revised Feb 2009.
  3. Flamini Alessandro, 2012. "Economic Stability and the Choice of the Target Inflation Index," Studies in Nonlinear Dynamics & Econometrics, De Gruyter, vol. 16(2), pages 1-37, April.
  4. Alessandro Flamini & Iftekhar Hasan & Costas Milas, 2014. "Open-economy Distribution Forecast Targeting, Macroeconomic Volatility and Financial Implication," DEM Working Papers Series 080, University of Pavia, Department of Economics and Management.

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