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Monetary and exchange rate policy in Austria: an early example of policy coordination


  • Heinz Gluck
  • Dieter Proske
  • John A. Tatom


This paper describes the evolution of Austrian exchange rate and monetary policy as an example of the benefits of policy coordination and credibility. This policy proved the performance of the Central Bank in achieving its twin objective of stabilizing the internal and external value of the currency. In this process, policymakers have sought to exploit the advantages of credibility by building a reputation for sticking to their policy. The evidence presented exhibits the increased coordination between Austrian and German nominal aggregates in the course of time. These accomplishments have apparently not tequired tying the real performance of the Austrian economy to any adverse permanent real consequences of German monetary policy, in particular, to its inflation-unemployment trade off.

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  • Heinz Gluck & Dieter Proske & John A. Tatom, 1992. "Monetary and exchange rate policy in Austria: an early example of policy coordination," Working Papers 1992-005, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedlwp:1992-005

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    1. John A. Tatom, 1995. "Currency Appreciation and ‘Deindustrialisation’: A European Perspective," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 18(4), pages 519-541, July.
    2. John A. Tatom, 1992. "The P-star model and Austrian prices," Working Papers 1992-001, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
    3. John A. Tatom & Dieter Proske, 1994. "Are there adverse real effects from monetary policy coordination? Some evidence from Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands," Working Papers 1994-018, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

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