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Optimal horizons for inflation targeting

  • Nicoletta Batini
  • Edward Nelson

This paper investigates the problem of selecting an optimal horizon for inflation targeting in the United Kingdom. There are two key ways of thinking about an optimal horizon, so the paper looks at optimal horizons for both of these interpretations. In addition, to see whether the results are robust in the face of model uncertainty, optimal horizons are computed for two different models with divergent structural and dynamic characteristics.

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