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Are Central Banks' Projections Meaningful?

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  • Jordi Gali

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Central banks’ projections– i.e. forecasts conditional on a given interest rate path– are often criticized on the grounds that their underlying policy assumptions are inconsistent with the existence of a unique equilibrium in many forward-looking models. The present paper describes three alternative approaches to constructing projections that are not subject to that criticism, using a standard New Keynesian model as a reference framework. Yet, and even though they imply an identical path for the interest rate, the three approaches are shown to generate di¤erent projections for inflation and output. That result calls into question the meaning and usefulness of such projections.

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  • Jordi Gali, 2008. "Are Central Banks' Projections Meaningful?," 2008 Meeting Papers 174, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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    1. Stefan Laséen & Lars E.O. Svensson, 2009. "Anticipated Alternative Instrument-Rate Paths in Policy Simulations," NBER Working Papers 14902, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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