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Delegation, time inconsistency and sustainable equilibrium

  • Basso, Henrique S.

This paper analyzes the effectiveness of delegation in solving the time inconsistency problem of monetary policy using a microfounded general equilibrium model where delegation and reappointment are explicitly included into the government's strategy. The method of Chari and Kehoe [1990. Sustainable plans. Journal of Political Economy 98 (4), 783-802] is applied to characterize the entire set of sustainable outcomes. Countering McCallum's [1995. Two fallacies concerning central-bank independence. American Economic Review 85 (2), 207-211] second fallacy, delegation is able to eliminate the time inconsistency problem, with the commitment policy being sustained under discretion for any intertemporal discount rate.

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Volume (Year): 33 (2009)
Issue (Month): 8 (August)
Pages: 1617-1629

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Handle: RePEc:eee:dyncon:v:33:y:2009:i:8:p:1617-1629
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