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Destabilizing optimal policies in the business cycle

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It is often believed that governments should either abstain from leading activist policies, or if they lead such policies, that these policies should somehow be “stabilizing”, in the sense of reducing the volatilities of some endogenous variables. We construct a model with explicit foundations where the optimal policies are activist, and they make both employment and output more volatile than in the no intervention case.

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  • Bénassy, Jean-Pascal, 2012. "Destabilizing optimal policies in the business cycle," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 36(9), pages 1364-1371.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:dyncon:v:36:y:2012:i:9:p:1364-1371 DOI: 10.1016/j.jedc.2012.02.009
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    Keywords

    Destabilizing optimal policies; Business cycles; Monetary policy;

    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy

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