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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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  1. Flamini Alessandro, 2012. "Interest Rate Forecasts in Inflation Targeting Open-Economies," Economia politica, Società editrice il Mulino, issue 3, pages 381-408.
  2. Flamini, Alessandro & Fracasso, Andrea, 2011. "Household's preferences and monetary policy inertia," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 111(1), pages 64-67, April.
  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.

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