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Unconditionally Optimal Ramsey policy

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  • Tatiana Damjanovic

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    (Durham University, Durham University Business School)

  • Vladislav Damjanovic

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    (Durham University, Durham University Business School)

  • Charles Nolan

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    (Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow)

We discuss a time invariant policy which delivers the unconditionally optimal outcomes in purely forward-looking models and Ramsey outcomes in purely backward-looking models. This policy is a product of interaction between two institutions with distinct responsibilities. Motivated by Brendon and Ellison (2015), we think of them as arms of government. One institution is responsible for ëforward guidanceí, setting rules which are necessary and su¢ cient to determine private expectations. The second institution implements optimal policy taking expectations as given. The forward guidance rules are designed to maximise the unconditional expectation of the social objectives.

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Date of creation: Jan 2017
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