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Optimal Monetary Policy For Postwar Iraq

  • Bedri Kamil Onur Tas

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    (TOBB ETU Department of Economics)

  • Selahattin Togay

This paper theoretically investigates the optimal monetary policy regime for post-war Iraq. We analyze the macroeconomic dynamics (inflation, output and exchange rate) and the credibility and reputation of the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) under alternative monetary policy regimes. We construct a detailed and realistic model that can be used to analyze the macroeconomic structure and expectation dynamics of an oil-producing, open economy. The simulation results indicate that an independent central bank with inflation targeting achieves credibility and reputation. The model constructed in this paper can be used to investigate more oil producing open countries.

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Paper provided by Economic Research Forum in its series Working Papers with number 488.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: May 2009
Date of revision: May 2009
Publication status: Published by The Economic Research Forum (ERF)
Handle: RePEc:erg:wpaper:488
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