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Sacrifice ratio or welfare gain ratio? Disinflation in a DSGE monetary model

  • Guido Ascari


    (University of Pavia and Kiel Institute for the World Economy)

  • Tiziano Ropele


    (Bank of Italy and Kiel Institute for the World Economy JEL classification: E31, E5)

When taken to examine disinflation monetary policies, the current workhorse DSGE model of business cycle fluctuations successfully accounts for the main stylized facts in terms of recessionary effects and sacrifice ratio. We complement the transitional analysis of the short-run costs with a rigorous welfare evaluation and show that, despite the long-lasting economic downturn, disinflation entails non-zero overall welfare gains.

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Paper provided by Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area in its series Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) with number 736.

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Date of creation: Jan 2010
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Handle: RePEc:bdi:wptemi:td_736_10
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