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Inflation targeting as a means of achieving disinflation

  • Saborowski, Christian

In this paper, we take an analytical approach to examine possible adverse effects of the use of inflation targeting as a disinflation regime. The idea is that a strict interpretation of an inflation target may preserve inflationary distortions after price stability is attained. We show that such a policy not only creates a slump in output but may increase macroeconomic volatility substantially in a model in which wages are subject to a Taylor staggering structure. The policy implication is that the problems associated with an excessively rigid inflation targeting policy are even more severe during a disinflationary episode.

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Volume (Year): 34 (2010)
Issue (Month): 12 (December)
Pages: 2510-2532

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