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The Performance of Alternative Monetary Regimes

  • Laurence M. Ball

This paper compares the performance of economies with different monetary regimes during the last quarter century. The conclusions include: (1) There is little evidence that inflation targeting affects performance in advanced economies, but some evidence of benefits in emerging economies; (2) Europe's monetary union has increased intra-European trade and capital flows, but divergence in national price levels may destabilize output in the future; (3) The "monetary analysis" of the European Central Bank has little effect on the ECB's policy decisions; and (4) Countries with hard currency pegs experience unusually severe recessions when capital flight occurs.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 16124.

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Date of creation: Jun 2010
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Publication status: published as “The Performance of Alternative Monetary Regimes,” in Friedman and Woodford (eds.), Handbook of Monetary Economics , North Holland Press, 2011.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:16124
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