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Optimal Monetary Policy and Asset Price Misalignments

  • Alexandros Kontonikas


  • Alberto Montagnoli

This paper analyses the relationship between monetary policy and asset prices in the context of optimal policy rules. The transmission mechanism is represented by a linearized rational expectations model augmented for the effect of asset prices on aggregate demand. Stabilization objectives are represented by a discounted quadratic loss function penalizing inflation and output gap volatility. Asset prices are allowed to deviate from their intrinsic value since they may be positively affected by past price changes. We find that in the presence of wealth effects and inefficient markets, asset price misalignments from their fundamentals should be included in the optimal interest rate reaction function.

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Paper provided by Economics and Finance Section, School of Social Sciences, Brunel University in its series Economics and Finance Discussion Papers with number 03-22.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2003
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Handle: RePEc:bru:bruedp:03-22
Contact details of provider: Postal: Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH, UK

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