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Transparency, Expectations Anchoring and the Inflation Target

  • Guido Ascari

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    (Department of Economics and Management, University of Pavia)

  • Anna Florio

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    (Polytechnic of Milan)

This paper proves that a higher inflation target unanchors expectations, as feared by Fed Chairman Bernanke. It does so both asymptotically, because it shrinks the E-stability region when a central bank follows a Taylor rule, and in the transition phase, because it slows down the speed of convergence of expectations. Moreover, the higher the inflation target, the more the policy should respond to inflation and the less to output to guarantee E-stability. Hence, a policy that increases the inflation target and increase the monetary policy response to output would be "reckless". Moreover, we show that transparency is an essential component of the inflation targeting framework and it helps anchoring expectations. However, the importance of being transparent diminishes with the level of the inflation target.

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Paper provided by University of Pavia, Department of Economics and Management in its series DEM Working Papers Series with number 022.

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Length: 48 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2012
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Handle: RePEc:pav:demwpp:022
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