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Optimal Stabilization Policy with Flexible Prices

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  • Aleksander Berentsen
  • Christopher Waller

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We construct a dynamic stochastic general equilibrium model to study optimal monetary stabilization policy. Prices are fully flexible and money is essential for trade. Our main result is that if the central bank pursues a long-run price path, thereby controlling inflation expectations, it can improve welfare by stabilizing short-run aggregate shocks. The optimal policy involves smoothing nominal interest rates which effectively smooths consumption across states. Failure to follow a long-run price path makes any stabilization attempt ineffective.

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  • Aleksander Berentsen & Christopher Waller, 2005. "Optimal Stabilization Policy with Flexible Prices," CESifo Working Paper Series 1638, CESifo Group Munich.
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    1. Marchesiani, Alessandro & Senesi, Pietro, 2009. "Money And Nominal Bonds," Macroeconomic Dynamics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 13(02), pages 189-199, April.
    2. José Suárez-Lledó, "undated". "Monetary Policy with Heterogeneous Collateralized Borrowing," Working Papers 374, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
    3. Berentsen, Aleksander & Camera, Gabriele & Waller, Christopher, 2007. "Money, credit and banking," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 135(1), pages 171-195, July.
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    • E40 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - General
    • E50 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - General

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