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Bubbles and Monetary Policy: To Burst or Not to Burst?

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  • Philipp König
  • David Pothier

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The question of whether monetary policy should target asset prices remains a contentious issue. Prior to the 2007/08 financial crisis, central banks opted for a wait-and-see approach, remaining passive during the build-up of asset price bubbles but actively seeking to stabilize prices and output after they burst. The macroeconomic and financial turbulence that followed the subprime housing bubble has led to a renewed debate concerning monetary policy’s role in maintaining financial stability. This Round-Up provides a brief overview of this topic.

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  • Philipp König & David Pothier, 2015. "Bubbles and Monetary Policy: To Burst or Not to Burst?," DIW Roundup: Politik im Fokus 55, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
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