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Targets, zones, and asymmetries: a flexible nonlinear model of recent UK monetary policy

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  • Virginie Boinet
  • Christopher Martin

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We estimate a flexible model of the behaviour of UK monetary policymakers in the era of inflation targeting based on a new representation of policymaker's preferences. This enables us to address a range of issues that are beyond the scope of the existing literature. We find a complex relationship between interest rates and inflation: interest rates are passive when inflation is close to the target but there is an increasingly vigorous response as inflation deviates further from the target. Copyright 2008 , Oxford University Press.

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  • Virginie Boinet & Christopher Martin, 2008. "Targets, zones, and asymmetries: a flexible nonlinear model of recent UK monetary policy," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 60(3), pages 423-439, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:oxecpp:v:60:y:2008:i:3:p:423-439
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