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Is the Walsh Contract Really Optimal?

  • Francisco Candel-Sánchez

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  • Juan Cristóbal Campoy-Miñarroy
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    The purpose of this paper is to show that the linear penalization to inflation found in Walsh (1995) is not the government's optimal choice when the fixed part of the transfer scheme is any given constant and the payment to the central bank represents a cost for the government.

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Public Choice.

    Volume (Year): 120 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 1_2 (07)
    Pages: 29-39

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:120:y:2004:i:1_2:p:29-39
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    8. Rogoff, Kenneth, 1985. "The Optimal Degree of Commitment to an Intermediate Monetary Target," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 100(4), pages 1169-89, November.
    9. Beetsma, Roel M W J & Bovenberg, Lans, 2001. " When Does an Inflation Target Yield the Second Best?," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 103(1), pages 119-26, March.
    10. Herrendorf, Berthold & Lockwood, Ben, 1997. "Rogoff's "Conservative" Central Banker Restored," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 29(4), pages 476-95, November.
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