The Macroeconomic Loss Function: A Critical Note
The standard loss function gives the same weight to positive and negative deviations from the output and inflation targets. This short note criticizes this symmetry assumption. If the period covered is long enough output growth in excess of the target, and often also inflation rates that are below target, should be counted as gains instead of losses.
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