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Informational Accuracy and the Optimal Monetary Regime

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  • Nigel W. Duck

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King (1997) develops a framework for assessing four monetary regimes: an optimal state-contingent rule; a non-contingent rule; pure discretion; and a Rogoffian conservative central banker. Using this framework we show (a) that King is wrong to claim that it implies that an optimally-conservative central banker always dominates a fixed-rule monetary regime; (b) that if the private sector has a signal of the shock to which monetary policy responds - the accuracy of which is exogenously fixed - then either the optimal state-contingent rule or the optimally-conservative central bank can dominate; and (c) that if the private sector optimally chooses the accuracy of its signal then any regime can dominate.

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  • David Demery & Nigel W. Duck, 2005. "Informational Accuracy and the Optimal Monetary Regime," Bristol Economics Discussion Papers 05/571, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK.
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    Keywords

    Monetary policy; expectations; Rogoffian central banker.;

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    • E3 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy

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