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The Monetary Transmission Mechanism: Is it Relevant for Policy?

  • Bernardino Adao

    (Banco de Portugal)

  • Isabel Correia

    (Banco de Portugal)

  • Pedro Teles

    (Banco de Portugal)

We study environments with sticky prices, wages or portfolios where it is feasible and optimal to use monetary policy to replicate the allocation under full flexibility. In these environments the optimal policy does not depend on the scope of the frictions. In this sense, the strength of the monetary transmission mechanism is irrelevant for the conduct of monetary policy. So, asymmetries in the strength of the transmission mechanisms do not impose a cost on a common policy.

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Paper provided by Econometric Society in its series Econometric Society World Congress 2000 Contributed Papers with number 0967.

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