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Issues in Controllability and the Theory of Economic Policy

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  • Willem H. Buiter
  • Mark Gersovitz

The paper demonstrates that the concepts of dynamic controllability are useful for the theory of economic policy by establishing four propositions. First dynamic controllability is a central concept in stabilization policy. Second, the ability to achieve a target state, even if it cannot be maintained. may be of economic interest. Third, dynamic controllability is of special interest for 'historical' models. Fourth, the conditions for any notion of dynamic controllability are distinct from and weaker than those for Tinbergen static controllability.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Technical Working Papers with number 0002.

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Date of creation: Jul 1981
Publication status: published as Buiter, Willem H. and Gersovitz, Mark. "Issues in Controllability and the Theory of Economic Policy." Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 15, No. 1, (February 1981), pp. 33-43.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberte:0002
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