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A Nominal Income Growth Target for a Conservative ECB? When the policy mix matters

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  • Marco Lossani

    (Catholic University of Milan)

  • Piergiovanna Natale

    () (Department of Economics, University of Milan-Bicocca and Catholic University of Milan)

  • Patrizio Tirelli

    () (Department of Economics, University of Milan-Bicocca and University of Glasgow)

Abstract

This paper contributes to the goal-versus-instrument independence debate for the ECB, exploring how alternative monetary arrangements perform when the fiscal authority pursues a strategy of debt reduction in the long term but retains fiscal flexibility in response to supply shocks. If fiscal policy is countercyclical, a constant nominal income growth target should be assigned to a conservative central banker. In fact, as the fiscal authority and the central bank act independently in setting their countercyclical policies, an activist central banker causes excess volatility of inflation.

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  • Marco Lossani & Piergiovanna Natale & Patrizio Tirelli, 2000. "A Nominal Income Growth Target for a Conservative ECB? When the policy mix matters," Working Papers 32, University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Economics, revised Oct 2000.
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    1. Marattin, Luigi & Marzo, Massimiliano & Zagaglia, Paolo, 2011. "A welfare perspective on the fiscal–monetary policy mix: The role of alternative fiscal instruments," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, vol. 33(6), pages 920-952.

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