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Some Thoughts on Monetary Targeting vs. Inflation Targeting

  • Karen Cabos

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  • Michael Funke

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  • Nikolaus A. Siegfried

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We offer some empirical evidence on the likely scale of control and indicator problems surrounding alternative monetary targets and a direct inflation target. The links between monetary policy actions and inflationare estimated in dynamic linear models using the Kalman filter. We compare alternative intermediate-target and final-target monetary strategies using German data from the end of the Bretton-Woods system until 1997. The estimation results show that broad money dominates narrow money as an intermediate target, while control problems involved in targeting broad money are larger than for direct inflation targets.

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Paper provided by Hamburg University, Department of Economics in its series Quantitative Macroeconomics Working Papers with number 19912.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 28 Oct 1999
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Handle: RePEc:ham:qmwops:19912
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