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Monetary Stabilisation with Nominal Asymmetries

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Optimal monetary stabilisation in the standard New Keynesian framework usually assumes a policy loss function from outside the model. In this paper, in contrast, the objective arises directly from the model. Credit constraints and sticky nominal debt contracts imply that monetary stabilisation has asymmetric impacts depending on whether consumers are credit-constrained. The policy problem is to maximise some weighting of the expected utility of the different types of consumer. Features of optimal stabilisation are derived that do not appear to be far out of line with empirical evidence for many countries but that clearly conflict with standard loss function results. Copyright 2004 Royal Economic Society.

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  • Stephen Wright, 2004. "Monetary Stabilisation with Nominal Asymmetries," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 114(492), pages 196-222, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:114:y:2004:i:492:p:196-222
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    1. Graham, Liam & Wright, Stephen, 2005. "Modelling nominal debt contracts and fixed rate debt," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 89(2), pages 241-246, November.
    2. Christopher Allsopp & David Vines, 2008. "Fiscal Policy, intercountry adjustment and the real exchange rate within Europe," European Economy - Economic Papers 2008 - 2015 344, Directorate General Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN), European Commission.
    3. Jan Toporowski, 2013. "The Elgar Companion to Hyman Minsky," Review of Political Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 25(1), pages 175-177, January.
    4. Piero Ferri & Anna Maria Variato, 2007. "Macro Dynamics in a Model with Uncertainty," Working Papers (-2012) 0704, University of Bergamo, Department of Economics.
    5. Piero Ferri, 2010. "Growth Cycles and the Financial Instability Hypothesis (FIH)," Chapters,in: The Elgar Companion to Hyman Minsky, chapter 11 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    6. Graham, Liam, 2008. "Consumption habits and labor supply," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 30(1), pages 382-395, March.

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