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The design of monetary and fiscal policy: A global perspective

  • Benhabib, Jess
  • Eusepi, Stefano

We study the emergence of multiple equilibria in models with capital and bonds under various monetary and fiscal policies. We show that the presence of capital is indeed another independent source of local and global multiplicities, even under active policies that yield local determinacy. We also show how a very similar mechanism generates multiplicities in models with bonds and distortionary taxation. We then explore the design of monetary policies that avoid multiple equilibria. We show that interest rate policies that respond to the output gap, while potentially a source of significant inefficiencies, may be effective in preventing multiple equilibria and costly oscillatory equilibrium dynamics.

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Volume (Year): 123 (2005)
Issue (Month): 1 (July)
Pages: 40-73

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