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Public Information and Monetary Policy

  • Ted Temzelides

    (University of Pittsburgh)

  • Cyril Monnet

    (FRB Philadelphia)

  • Marie Hoerova


We study the nature of monetary policy in a model where uncertainty can lead to a discrepancy between economic agents' beliefs and true fundamentals. Monetary policy transmits information about fundamentals. The public nature of this information can help agents to coordinate their decisions. This comes at a cost, however, since monetary policy may lead the private sector to coordinate on the wrong fundamentals and it may result in inflation. We discuss conditions under which monetary policy will be unambiguously welfare-improving. We formalize the notion that monetary policy is equivalent to information revelation by the central bank, and offer an information-based (as opposed to the standard liquidity-based) argument for why higher nominal rate hikes occur less frequently than lower ones.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2008 Meeting Papers with number 5.

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Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:red:sed008:5
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