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Adaptive Learning and Monetary Policy Design

  • George W. Evans

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    (University of Oregon Economics Department)

  • Seppo Honkapohja

    (University of Helsinki)

We review the recent work on interest rate setting, which emphasizes the desireability of designing policy to ensure stability under private agent learning. Appropriately designed expectations based rules can yield optimal rational expectations equilibria that are both determinate and stable under learning. Some simple instrument rules and approximate targeting rules also have these desirable properties. We take up various complications in implementing optimal policy, including the observability of key variables and the required knowledge of structural parameters. An additional issue that we take up concerns the implications of expectation shocks not arising from transitional learning effects.

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Paper provided by University of Oregon Economics Department in its series University of Oregon Economics Department Working Papers with number 2002-18.

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Length: 33
Date of creation: 08 Nov 2002
Date of revision: 04 Mar 2004
Handle: RePEc:ore:uoecwp:2002-18
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