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Delegating optimal monetary policy inertia

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  • Bilbiie, Florin O.

In a forward-looking business cycle model, central banks can achieve the (timeless)optimal commitment equilibrium even in the absence of a commitment technology, if they are delegated with an objective function that is different from the societal one. The paper develops a general linear-quadratic method to solve for the optimal delegation parameters that generate the optimal amount of inertia in a Markov-perfect equilibrium, and studies the optimal design of some policy regimes that are nested within this framework: the (squared) optimal targeting rule; inflation, output-gap growth and nominal income growth targeting; and inflation and output-gap contracts.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control.

Volume (Year): 48 (2014)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 63-78

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Handle: RePEc:eee:dyncon:v:48:y:2014:i:c:p:63-78
DOI: 10.1016/j.jedc.2014.08.019
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