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Inflation Inertia and Optimal Delegation of Monetary Policy

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  • Keiichi Morimoto

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This paper analyzes the relationship between the optimal weight on output gap in the central bank fs loss function and the degree of inertia in a hybrid version of New Keynesian model with a pure discretionary inflation targeting. I present the policy recommendations as to the weight on output gap in the presence of endogenous persistence in inflation dynamics. Especially, I show that under endogenous persistence of inflation dynamics, even in discretionary monetary policy regime, a Rogoff fs (1985) conservative central banker does not necessarily improve social welfare.

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  • Keiichi Morimoto, 2009. "Inflation Inertia and Optimal Delegation of Monetary Policy," Discussion Papers in Economics and Business 09-05, Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP).
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    Keywords

    hybrid New Keynesian model; inflation targeting; policy weight;

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    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies

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