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Optimal monetary policy: what we know and what we don’t know

  • Narayana R. Kocherlakota

In this article, I examine the current state of knowledge about optimal monetary policy. I distinguish between two literatures, basic and applied. The basic literature is explicit about the frictions that generate a positive value for money and make it socially beneficial. The applied literature is not. I describe the recent lessons about monetary policy that we have learned from each literature and discuss how the two distinct approaches may be usefully combined.

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Volume (Year): (2005)
Issue (Month): Oct ()
Pages: 10-19

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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedmqr:y:2005:i:oct:p:10-19:n:v.29no.1
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