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Inflation targeting: Should it be modeled as an instrument rule or a targeting rule?

  • Svensson, Lars E. O.

The paper discusses how current inflation targeting should be modeled, and argues that it is better represented as a commitment to a targeting rule (a rule specifying operational objectives for monetary policy or a condition for the target variables), than as a commitment to a simple instrument rule (like a Taylor rule).

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 46 (2002)
Issue (Month): 4-5 (May)
Pages: 771-780

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Handle: RePEc:eee:eecrev:v:46:y:2002:i:4-5:p:771-780
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