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Inflation Targeting in Western Europe

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  • Moreno Antonio

    () (Universidad de Navarra)

  • Rey Luis

    () (European University Institute, Florence, Italy)

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Several European countries adopted inflation targeting as a monetary policy strategy during the 1990s. This article evaluates the impact of the establishment of this policy framework on the dynamics of inflation for three countries: United Kingdom, Spain and Finland. While smaller shocks triggered most of the decline in their high frequency inflation volatility, this is not always the case for their low frequency (trend) counterpart. Our results suggest that, in the case of the United Kingdom, the more aggressive monetary policy stance against inflation during the inflation targeting period was instrumental in the decline in trend inflation volatility.

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  • Moreno Antonio & Rey Luis, 2006. "Inflation Targeting in Western Europe," The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, De Gruyter, vol. 6(2), pages 1-32, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:bejmac:v:topics.6:y:2006:i:2:n:6
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    JEL classification:

    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E42 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Monetary Sytsems; Standards; Regimes; Government and the Monetary System
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies

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