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What do we really mean by monetary (or price) stability, and financial stability?


  • Peter Sinclair


price stability conflates two ideas: low inflation, and steady inflation. The typical quadratic objective function is unsatisfactory in various ways. Blindness to a mean-amplifying, variance-preserving transformation of inflation rates is one of them, and fixation with the year unit another. Average inflation steadiness over longer periods is valuable, but scores no weight. This paper explores these issues, and others, concerning the links that monetary policy has with both financial stability and fiscal stability.

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  • Peter Sinclair, 2007. "What do we really mean by monetary (or price) stability, and financial stability?," Discussion Papers 07-12, Department of Economics, University of Birmingham.
  • Handle: RePEc:bir:birmec:07-12

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    Monetary Policy;

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    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy

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