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Transparency and Credibility: Monetary Policy with Unobservable Goals

  • Faust, J.
  • Svensson, L.E.O.

We define and study transparency, credibilitym and reputation in a model where the central bank's characteristics are unobservable to the private sector and are inferred from the policy outcome. A low-credibility bank optimally conducts a more inflationary policy than a high-credibility bank, in the sense that it induces higher inflation, but a less expansionary policy in the sense that it induces lower inflation and employment than expected.

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Paper provided by Stockholm - International Economic Studies in its series Papers with number 636.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:fth:stocin:636
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