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Can Inflation Forecast and Monetary Policy Path be Really Useful? The Case of Czech Republic

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  • Magdalena Szyszko

    () (Wyzsza Szkola Bankowa w Poznaniu, Poland)

  • Karolina Tura

    () (Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Poznaniu, Poland)

Abstract

Producing and revealing inflation forecasts is believed to be the best way of implementing a forward-looking monetary policy. The article focuses on inflation forecast targeting (IFT) at the Czech National Bank (CNB) in terms of its efficiency in shaping consumers’ inflation expectations. The goal of the study is to verify accuracy of the inflation forecasts, and their influence on inflation expectations. The research is divided into four stages. At the first stage central bank credibility is examined. At the second stage – accuracy of the inflation forecasts. The next step covers a qualitative analysis of IFT implementation. Finally the existence of the interdependences of inflation forecast, optimal policy paths and inflation expectations are analyzed. Credibility of the central bank, accuracy of the forecast and decision-making procedures are the premises for the existence of relationship between forecasts and expectations. The research covers July 2002 - end of 2013. Its methodology includes the qualitative analysis of decision-making of the CNB, quantitative methods (Kia and Patron formula, MAE forecasts errors, quantification of expectations, non-parametric statistics). The results show the existence of interdependences between inflation forecasts and expectations of moderate strength. The preconditions of such interdependences are partially fulfilled. The research opens the field for cross-country comparisons and for quantification of IFT implementation.

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  • Magdalena Szyszko & Karolina Tura, 2014. "Can Inflation Forecast and Monetary Policy Path be Really Useful? The Case of Czech Republic," Working Papers 49/2014, Institute of Economic Research, revised Dec 2014.
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    1. Karolina TURA-GAWRON, 2018. "Inflation Forecast or Forecast(s) Targeting?," Journal for Economic Forecasting, Institute for Economic Forecasting, vol. 0(3), pages 42-56, September.
    2. Magdalena Szyszko, 2017. "Central Banks Inflation Forecast and Expectations. A Comparative Analysis," Prague Economic Papers, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2017(3), pages 286-299.
    3. Paweł Baranowski & Wirginia Doryń & Tomasz Łyziak & Ewa Stanisławska, 2020. "Words and deeds in managing expectations: empirical evidence on an inflation targeting economy," NBP Working Papers 326, Narodowy Bank Polski, Economic Research Department.

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    Keywords

    inflation forecasts; inflation forecast targeting; policy path; inflation expectations;

    JEL classification:

    • 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
    • E61 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Policy Objectives; Policy Designs and Consistency; Policy Coordination

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