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The Roads Not Taken: Why the Bank of Canada Stayed With Inflation Targeting

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  • Christopher Ragan

    (McGill University)

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    Sticking with the status quo was only one option under debate among monetary experts in the lead-up to renewal of the Bank of Canada’s inflation-targeting mandate, which was announced this week. Several other routes were available. Two of them – namely, targeting nominal GDP or targeting full employment – were arguably non-starters. Two other approaches, however, held more promise: (i) moving to a price-level targeting regime, or (ii) sticking with inflation targeting but with a lower, say 1 percent, target. Nevertheless, the renewal of the status quo keeps in place a coherent monetary policy regime that has served Canadians well.

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    Paper provided by C.D. Howe Institute in its series e-briefs with number 125.

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    Length: 4 pages
    Date of creation: Nov 2011
    Publication status: Published on the C.D. Howe Institute website, November 2011
    Handle: RePEc:cdh:ebrief:125
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    1. Michael Parkin, 2009. "What is the Ideal Monetary Policy Regime? Improving the Bank of Canada's Inflation-targeting Program," C.D. Howe Institute Commentary, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 279, January.
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