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The Role of Judgment and Discretion in the Conduct of Monetary Policy: Consequences of Changing Financial Markets

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Conventional monetary policy rules based on intermediate targets, like the growth of money or credit, rest on the presumption that relationships correcting these variables to key measures of nonfinancial economic activity like income and prices are robust. When financial markets change in such a way as to disrupt those relationships, rules based on intermediate targets no longer provide useful guides for conducting monetary policy. Under those circumstances, the central bank can instead exploit variables like money and credit as information variables. Doing so, however, inevitably requires case-by-case judgments. The greater is the impact of changing financial markets in this context, the stronger is the need for the central bank to exploit information both inclusively, in the sense of drawing on multiple and diversified sources of information rather than any one variable, and intensively, in the sense of allowing less time between policy decisions.

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  • Benjamin M. Friedman, 1993. "The Role of Judgment and Discretion in the Conduct of Monetary Policy: Consequences of Changing Financial Markets," NBER Working Papers 4599, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    1. Patricia Correa, 2000. "Public Debt , Publit Debt Markets And Monetary Policy In Colombia," BORRADORES DE ECONOMIA 003406, BANCO DE LA REPÚBLICA.
    2. Patricia Correa, 2000. "Public Debt, Public Debt Markets and Monetary Policy in Colombia," Borradores de Economia 147, Banco de la Republica de Colombia.

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    • E5 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit

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