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The Optimal Rate of Inflation

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  • Stephanie Schmitt-Grohe
  • Martin Uribe

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Observed inflation targets around the industrial world are concentrated at two percent per year. This chapter investigates the extent to which the observed magnitudes of inflation targets are consistent with the optimal rate of inflation predicted by leading theories of monetary nonneutrality. We find that consistently those theories imply that the optimal rate of inflation ranges from minus the real rate of interest to numbers insignificantly above zero. Furthermore, we argue that the zero bound on nominal interest rates does not represent an impediment for setting inflation targets near or below zero.

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  • Stephanie Schmitt-Grohe & Martin Uribe, 2010. "The Optimal Rate of Inflation," NBER Working Papers 16054, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:16054
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    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • E4 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates
    • E5 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit

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