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Optimal Continuation versus the Timeless Perspective in Monetary Policy

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  • CHRISTIAN JENSEN
  • BENNETT T. MCCALLUM

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The timeless-perspective approach suggests that policymakers implement in each period policy actions conforming to a rule that would have been fully optimal to adopt in the distant past. A motivating advantage is that policy henceforth would continue by recommending the same optimality conditions if reconsidered, thereby enhancing credibility. We argue that continuation can alternatively be achieved with better results, on average, in terms of policymakers' objectives, by implementing in each period the time-invariant policy that is optimal from the viewpoint of the contemporary understanding of objectives and constraints, but while ignoring the conditions that happen to prevail at the time. Copyright (c) 2010 The Ohio State University.

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  • Christian Jensen & Bennett T. Mccallum, 2010. "Optimal Continuation versus the Timeless Perspective in Monetary Policy," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 42(6), pages 1093-1107, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:mcb:jmoncb:v:42:y:2010:i:6:p:1093-1107
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    1. Carlo Altavilla & Matteo Ciccarelli, 2011. "Monetary Policy Analysis in Real-Time. Vintage combination from a real-time dataset," CSEF Working Papers 274, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy.
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    10. Tatiana Damjanovic & Vladislav Damjanovic & Charles Nolan, 2006. "Optimal Time Consistent Monetary Policy," CDMA Working Paper Series 200606, Centre for Dynamic Macroeconomic Analysis, revised 15 Jan 2007.

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