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Simple Monetary Policy Rules for Developing Countries


  • Juan Pablo Medina
  • Ruy Lama


This paper evaluates the performance of simple monetary policy rules in a calibrated model for the Chilean economy. The monetary regimes considered are: exchange rate peg, money peg, inflation targeting, nontradable inflation targeting, and a Taylor rule. We develop a small open economy model with tradable and nontradable goods, monopolistic competition and staggered prices á la Calvo. Business cycles fluctuations in the economy are driven by three types of shocks: foreign interest rate, productivity, and government expenditure. In this environment, the role of monetary policy is to offset as much as possible the distortions in the economy, namely staggered prices and monopolistic competition. We ranked the rules according to their ablity to smooth consumption and leisure of the representative household. The welfare analysis suggests that, depending on the source of the shock, it is optimal to stabilize either the price of the tradable goods or the nontradable goods. Rules with these targets are welfare superior to other monetary regimes, such as CPI inflation targeting or money peg. Our analysis tend to support some exchange rate intervention in order to achieve an efficient allocation of resources.

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  • Juan Pablo Medina & Ruy Lama, 2004. "Simple Monetary Policy Rules for Developing Countries," Econometric Society 2004 Latin American Meetings 248, Econometric Society.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecm:latm04:248

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    Monetary Policy; Nontradable goods; Welfare Costs; Staggered Prices; Small Open Economy;

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    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies

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