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Wealth Targets, Exchange Rate Targets and Macroeconomic Policy

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  • Blake, Andrew P
  • Vines, David
  • Weale, Martin

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This paper argues that a wealth target is an important feature of an economic policy package. A real exchange rate target can be used as an intermediate target to steer national wealth towards its desired value. Such a policy requires that fiscal policy be used to restrain inflation. This may be difficult if there is real wage resistance. In this instance, fiscal policy must be used to maintain national wealth, with monetary policy being used to restrain inflation. In this case also, monetary policy can be implemented by means of an exchange rate target. These arguments are demonstrated algebraically and then illustrated using policy rules designed for use on a model of the United Kingdom economy.

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  • Blake, Andrew P & Vines, David & Weale, Martin, 1988. "Wealth Targets, Exchange Rate Targets and Macroeconomic Policy," CEPR Discussion Papers 247, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:247
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    5. Luca Agnello & Gilles Dufrénot & Ricardo M. Sousa, 2012. "Adjusting the U.S. Fiscal Policy for Asset Prices: Evidence from a TVP-MS Framework," NIPE Working Papers 20/2012, NIPE - Universidade do Minho.
    6. Agnello, Luca & Dufrénot, Gilles & Sousa, Ricardo M., 2013. "Using time-varying transition probabilities in Markov switching processes to adjust US fiscal policy for asset prices," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 34(C), pages 25-36.

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