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Inflation-targeting, price-path targeting and indeterminacy

  • Robert Dittmar
  • William T. Gavin

In this paper, we examine the areas of indeterminacy in a flexible price RBC model with shopping time role for money and a central bank that uses an interest rate rule to target inflation and/or the price level. We present analytical results showing that, although inflation targeting often results in real indeterminacy, a price level target generally delivers a unique equilibrium for a relevant range of policy parameters.

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Date of creation: 2004
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Publication status: Published in Economics Letters, September 2005, 88(3), pp. 336-42
Handle: RePEc:fip:fedlwp:2004-007
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