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To trim or not to trim? An application of a trimmmed mean inflation estimator to the United Kingdom

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  • Hasan Bakhshi
  • Tony Yates

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Although the target of monetary policy is clear, there have been suggestions that the conduct of monetary policy is improved by monitoring trimmed mean inflation rates, the mean of some central portion of the distribution of price changes. This paper assesses critically the theoretical and empirical arguments for trimming, and applies the concept of the 'optimal trim' to the United Kingdom.

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  • Hasan Bakhshi & Tony Yates, 1999. "To trim or not to trim? An application of a trimmmed mean inflation estimator to the United Kingdom," Bank of England working papers 97, Bank of England.
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