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Monetary Policy Strategies

  • Robert P. Flood

    (International Monetary Fund)

  • Peter Isard

    (International Monetary Fund)

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    The merits of rules and discretion for monetary policy are considered when the structure of the macroeconomic model and the probability distributions of disturbances are not well defined. When it is costly to delay policy reactions to seldom-experienced shocks until formal algorithmic learning has been accomplished, and when time-consistency problems are significant, a mixed strategy that combines a simple verifiable rule with discretion is attractive. The paper also discusses mechanisms for mitigating credibility problems and emphasizes that arguments against some types of simple rules lose their force under a mixed strategy.

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    Article provided by Palgrave Macmillan in its journal Staff Papers - International Monetary Fund.

    Volume (Year): 36 (1989)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 612-632

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    Handle: RePEc:pal:imfstp:v:36:y:1989:i:3:p:612-632
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