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Nominal GDP Futures Contract Targeting



  • W. William Woolsey
  • Scott Sumner


Nominal GDP futures contracting is a proposed monetary regime that requires a central bank to buy and sell index futures contracts on nominal GDP at a specified price. The purpose is to harness market forces to the goal of stabilizing the growth path of the total dollar value of spending on goods and services. The central bank adjusts the quantity of money according to trades made by those speculating on the futures contract. The proposed regime provides advantages for macroeconomic stability relative to a more traditional approach to monetary policy such as the Taylor rule, including less disruptive responses to supply shocks, stronger recoveries after demand shocks, and less susceptibility to problems associated with the zero nominal bound on interest rates.

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  • W. William Woolsey & Scott Sumner, 2015. "Nominal GDP Futures Contract Targeting," World Scientific Book Chapters, in: Anastasios G Malliaris & William T Ziemba (ed.), THE WORLD SCIENTIFIC HANDBOOK OF FUTURES MARKETS, chapter 23, pages 751-770, World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd..
  • Handle: RePEc:wsi:wschap:9789814566926_0023

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