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What does Monetary Policy Reveal about a Central Bank's Preferences?

  • Efrem Castelnuovo
  • Paolo Surico

The design of monetary policy depends on the targeting strategy adopted by the central bank. This strategy describes a set of policy preferences, which are actually the structural parameters to analyse monetary policy making. Accordingly, we develop a calibration method to estimate a central bank's preferences from the estimates of an optimal Taylor-type rule. The empirical analysis on US data shows that output stabilization has not been an independent argument in the Fed's objective function during the Greenspan's era. This suggests that the output gap has entered the policy rule only as leading indicator for future inflation, therefore being only instrumental (to stabilize inflation) rather than important per se. Copyright Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA, 2003

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Article provided by Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA in its journal Economic Notes.

Volume (Year): 32 (2003)
Issue (Month): 3 (November)
Pages: 335-359

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