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Testing the Opportunistic Approach to Monetary Policy

  • Christopher Martin

    (Brunel University)

  • Costas Milas

    ()

    (Keele University, Centre for Economic Research and School of Economic and Management Studies)

The Opportunistic Approach to Monetary Policy is an influential but untested model of optimal monetary policy. We provide the first tests of the model, using US data from 1983Q1-2004Q1. Our results support the Opportunistic Approach. We find that policymakers respond to the gap between inflation and an intermediate target that reflects the recent history of inflation. We find that there is no response of interest rates to inflation when inflation is within 1intermediate target.

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic Research, Keele University in its series Keele Economics Research Papers with number KERP 2007/02.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2007
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Handle: RePEc:kee:kerpuk:2007/02
Note: We are also grateful to Kalvinder Shields for making the real-time output data used in the Garratt, Lee, Mise and Shields (2005) working paper available to us.
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