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Inflation-targeting, price-path targeting and indeterminacy

  • Dittmar, Robert D.
  • Gavin, William T.

In this paper, we examine the areas of indeterminacy in a flexible price RBC model with shopping time role for money and a central bank that uses an interest rate rule to target inflation and/or the price level. We present analytical results showing that, although inflation targeting often results in real indeterminacy, a price level target generally delivers a unique equilibrium for a relevant range of policy parameters.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 88 (2005)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 336-342

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