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Lessons for monetary policy: What should the consensus be?

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    This paper outlines important lessons for monetary policy. In particular, the role of inflation targeting, which was much acclaimed prior to the financial crisis and since then has not lost much of its endorsement, is critically reviewed. Ignoring the relation between monetary policy and asset prices, as is the case in this monetary policy approach, can lead to financial instability. In contrast, giving, inter alia, monetary factors a role in central banks' policy decisions, as is done in the ECB's encompassing approach, helps prevent these potentially harmful side effects and thus allows for fostering financial stability. Finally, this paper makes a case against increasing the central banks' inflation target. --

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    Paper provided by Center for Financial Studies (CFS) in its series CFS Working Paper Series with number 2011/13.

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    Date of creation: 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:zbw:cfswop:201113

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    Keywords: Inflation Targeting; Asset Prices; Financial Stability; ECB;

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    1. Dumitriu, Ramona & Stefanescu, Razvan, 2014. "Perspective ale ţintirii inflaţiei
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      ," MPRA Paper 52943, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 14 Jan 2014.
    2. Arto Kovanen, 2011. "Does Money Matter for Inflation in Ghana?," IMF Working Papers 11/274, International Monetary Fund.
    3. Issing, Otmar & Wieland, Volker, 2012. "Monetary theory and monetary policy: Reflections on the development over the last 150 years," CFS Working Paper Series 2012/20, Center for Financial Studies (CFS).
    4. Ravn, Søren Hove, 2014. "Asymmetric monetary policy towards the stock market: A DSGE approach," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 39(PA), pages 24-41.
    5. Issing, Otmar, 2014. "Monetary policy and balance sheet adjustment," SAFE White Paper Series 15, Research Center SAFE - Sustainable Architecture for Finance in Europe, Goethe University Frankfurt.

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