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Monetary policy and private sector misperceptions about the natural level of output

  • Jarkko Jääskelä
  • Jack McKeown
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    In this paper we illustrate, using a simple model of monetary policy, the welfare costs of the private sector and/or the central bank being uncertain about the natural level of output. It turns out that monetary policy strategies that put less weight on output stabilisation can offset some of these welfare costs.

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    Paper provided by Bank of England in its series Bank of England working papers with number 279.

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    Date of creation: Oct 2005
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    Handle: RePEc:boe:boeewp:279
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