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In noise we trust? Optimal monetary policy with random targets

  • Ethan Cohen-Cole
  • Bogdan Cosmaciuc

We show that a monetary policy in which the central bank commits to a randomized inflation target allows for potentially faster-expectations convergence than with a fixed target. The randomized target achieves faster convergence in particular in transition environments: those demonstrating either particularly high or low inflation. ; Quantitative Analysis Unit Working Paper QAU07-1

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