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Monetary Policy, Indeterminacy and Learning

  • George W. Evans

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    (University of Oregon Economics Department)

  • Bruce McGough

    (Oregon State University)

Forward-looking monetary models with Taylor-type interest rate rules are known to generate indeterminacies, with a potential dependence on extraneous "sunspots," for some structural and policy parameters. We investigate the stability of these solutions under adaptive learning, focusing on "common factor" or "resonant frequency" representations in which the observed sunspot has a suitable time-series structure. We consider specifications incorporating both lagged and expected inflation in the Phillips Curve, and both expected and inertial elements in the policy rule. We find that some policy rules can indeed lead to learnable sunspot solutions and we investigate the conditions under which this phenomenon arises.

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Paper provided by University of Oregon Economics Department in its series University of Oregon Economics Department Working Papers with number 2003-34.

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Length: 48
Date of creation: 11 Oct 2003
Date of revision: 01 Apr 2004
Handle: RePEc:ore:uoecwp:2003-34
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