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Inflation-Targeting, Flexible Exchange Rates and Macroeconomic Performance since the Great Recession

  • Barnebeck Andersen, Thomas
  • Malchow-Møller, Nikolaj
  • Nordvig, Jens

Has inflation targeting (IT) conferred benefits in terms of economic growth on countries that followed this particular monetary policy strategy during the crisis period 2007-12? This paper answers this question in the affirmative. Countries with an IT monetary regime with flexible exchange rates weathered the crisis much better than countries with other monetary regimes, predominantly countries with fixed exchange rates. Part of this difference in growth performance reflects differences in export performance during the initial years of the crisis, which in turn can be explained by real exchange rate depreciations. However, IT seems also to confer other benefits on the countries above and beyond the effects from currency depreciation.

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Paper provided by Centre for European Policy Studies in its series CEPS Papers with number 9116.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2014
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Handle: RePEc:eps:cepswp:9116
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