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Time Inconsistency: An Updated Survey of the Literature

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  • Marco Catenaro

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We provide an updated survey of the literature on time inconsistency, focusing on the key contributions that followed the seminal papers of Kydland and Prescott (1977) and Barro and Gordon (1983a). Starting from the traditional models addressing the time inconsistency problem of monetary policy, we then proceed to analyse the more recent contributions accounting for the important monetary and fiscal policy interactions. We conclude by sketching an encompassing open-economy model summarising the most recent positions concerning the optimal management of fiscal policies.

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  • Marco Catenaro, 2000. "Time Inconsistency: An Updated Survey of the Literature," Working Papers 29, University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Economics, revised Oct 2000.
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    1. Taylor, John B., 1983. "`Rules, discretion and reputation in a model of monetary policy' by Robert J. Barro and David B. Gordon," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 12(1), pages 123-125.
    2. Walsh, Carl E, 1995. "Optimal Contracts for Central Bankers," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 85(1), pages 150-167, March.
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    1. Gürbüz Beşek, Yeşim, 2011. "Crédibilité en matière de ciblage d'inflation," GIAM Working Papers 11-1, Galatasaray University Economic Research Center, revised 08 Feb 2011.

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    Keywords

    Time Inconsistency; Monetary Policy; Central Banking; EMU; Policy Co-ordination;

    JEL classification:

    • E50 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - General
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • E61 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Policy Objectives; Policy Designs and Consistency; Policy Coordination
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration

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