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Nominal Rigidities, Monetary Policy and Pigou Cycles

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  • Stéphane Auray
  • Paul Gomme
  • Shen Guo

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A chief goal of the Pigou cycle literature is to generate a boom in response to news of a future increase in productivity, and a bust if this improvement does not in fact take place. We nd that monetary policy can generate Pigou cycles in a two sector model with durables and non-durables, and nominal price rigidities { even when the Ramsey-optimal policy displays no such cycles. Estimated interest rate rules are a good t to data simulated under the Ramsey policy, implying that policymakers could come close to replicating the Ramsey-optimal policy.
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  • Stéphane Auray & Paul Gomme & Shen Guo, 2013. "Nominal Rigidities, Monetary Policy and Pigou Cycles," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 0, pages 455-473, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v::y:2013:i::p:455-473
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    • E4 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates
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