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M2 and monetary policy

  • Robert L. Hetzel
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    Consistent with its mandate in the Humphrey-Hawkins Act of 1978, the Federal Reserve System each year sets a calendar-year target for the monetary aggregate M2. This paper examines the effect of specifying the M2 target as a multiyear trend line and concludes that an operationally significant target for M2 in the form of a trend line that rises at three percent per year will eliminate inflation.

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    Article provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond in its journal Economic Review.

    Volume (Year): (1989)
    Issue (Month): Sep ()
    Pages: 14-29

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    Handle: RePEc:fip:fedrer:y:1989:i:sep:p:14-29:n:v.75no.5
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    1. Hetzel, Robert L & Mehra, Yash P, 1989. "The Behavior of Money Demand in the 1980s," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 21(4), pages 455-63, November.
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