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How Inflation Targeters (Can) Deal with Uncertainty

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  • Kateøina Šmídková

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The paper argues that a well-designed methodology for dealing with uncertainty improves the quality of interest-rate decisions taken by inflation targeters. A well-planned methodology is also more easily communicated to the general public, and the subsequent greater transparency makes inflation targeting more efficient. Therefore, it is relevant for an inflation targeter to consult with or consider information from other inflation targeters, researchers, and relevant decision makers when designing or improving upon their methodology. The paper also summarizes the results of a recent survey on methods for dealing with uncertainty for inflation targeters. The results are presented in a framework designed in line with decision analysis. The paper summarizes which methods are commonly used by inflation targeters and what lessons can be learnt from economic research and from decision makers.

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  • Kateøina Šmídková, 2005. "How Inflation Targeters (Can) Deal with Uncertainty," Czech Journal of Economics and Finance (Finance a uver), Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, vol. 55(7-8), pages 316-332, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:fau:fauart:v:55:y:2005:i:7-8:p:316-332
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    1. Alena Bicakova & Kamil Dybczak & Ales Krejdl & Jiri Slacalek & Michal Slavik, 2007. "CNB Economic Research Bulletin: Fiscal Policy and its Sustainability," Occasional Publications - Edited Volumes, Czech National Bank, Research Department, edition 2, volume 5, number rb05/2 edited by Ian Babetskii & Vladimir Bezdek.
    2. Ian Babetskii & Ales Bulir & Fabrizio Coricelli & Jan Filacek & Michal Franta & Roman Horvath & Branislav Saxa & Katerina Smidkova, 2008. "CNB Economic Research Bulletin: Ten Years of Inflation Targeting," Occasional Publications - Edited Volumes, Czech National Bank, Research Department, edition 1, volume 6, number rb06/1 edited by Ian Babetskii & Katerina Smidkova.
    3. Katerina Smidkova & Aleš Bulíø, 2008. "Hits and Misses: Ten Years of Czech Inflation Targeting (Introduction)," Czech Journal of Economics and Finance (Finance a uver), Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, vol. 58(09-10), pages 398-405, December.

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    Keywords

    inflation targeting; uncertainty; decision analysis; robustness analysis;

    JEL classification:

    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • E59 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Other

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