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Determinacy, Learnability, Plausibility, and the Role of Money in New Keynesian Models

  • Bennett T. McCallum

Recent mainstream monetary policy analysis focuses on rational expectation solutions that are uniquely stable. A number of recent studies have examined the question of whether typical New Keynesian (NK) models, with policy rules that satisfy the Taylor principle, also exhibit solutions with explosive inflation that cannot be ruled out by any transversality condition or any other generally accepted economic principle. This paper contributes to that debate by supporting and developing previous arguments suggesting that such explosive solutions are informationally infeasible. It also critiques prevailing notions of "determinancy" and outlines two alternative approaches to solution selection.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 18215.

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Date of creation: Jul 2012
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Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:18215
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