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Price level targeting and stabilization policy

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  • Aleksander Berentsen
  • Christopher J. Waller

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We construct a dynamic stochastic general equilibrium model to study optimal monetary stabilization policy. Prices are fully flexible and money is essential for trade. Our main result is that if the central bank pursues a price-level target, it can control inflation expectations and improve welfare by stabilizing short-run shocks to the economy. The optimal policy involves smoothing nominal interest rates which effectively smooths consumption across states.

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  • Aleksander Berentsen & Christopher J. Waller, 2009. "Price level targeting and stabilization policy," Working Papers 2009-033, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
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    1. Chiu, Jonathan & Monnet, Cyril, 2016. "Relationships in the interbank market," Working Paper Series 5210, Victoria University of Wellington, School of Economics and Finance.
    2. Jiri Bohm & Jan Filacek, 2012. "Price-Level Targeting–A Real Alternative to Inflation Targeting?," Czech Journal of Economics and Finance (Finance a uver), Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, vol. 62(1), pages 2-26, February.
    3. Aleksander Berentsen & Christopher J. Waller, 2009. "Optimal stabilization policy with endogenous firm entry," Working Papers 2009-032, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
    4. Richard G. Anderson & Charles S. Gascon & Yang Liu, 2010. "Doubling your monetary base and surviving: some international experience," Review, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, issue Nov, pages 481-506.

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