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M2 and monetary policy


  • Robert L. Hetzel


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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  • Robert L. Hetzel, 1989. "M2 and monetary policy," Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, issue Sep, pages 14-29.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedrer:y:1989:i:sep:p:14-29:n:v.75no.5

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    1. Ball, Laurence, 2012. "Short-run money demand," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 59(7), pages 622-633.
    2. Darrat, Ali F. & Al-Mutawa, Ahmed, 1996. "Modelling money demand in the United Arab Emirates," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 36(1), pages 65-87.

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