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Optimal Monetary Policy Rules from a Timeless Perspective

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  • Tatiana Damjanovic

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  • Vladislav Damjanovic

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  • Charles Nolan

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Abstract

The timelessly optimal monetary policy proposed by Woodford (2003) may be dominated by alternative timeless policies. We provide a formal justification for these alternative policies. We demonstrate why discount rates do not matter and establish that optimizing over the unconditional expectation of the policy criterion function recovers these alternative strategies.

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  • Tatiana Damjanovic & Vladislav Damjanovic & Charles Nolan, 2005. "Optimal Monetary Policy Rules from a Timeless Perspective," CDMA Working Paper Series 200510, Centre for Dynamic Macroeconomic Analysis.
  • Handle: RePEc:san:cdmawp:0510
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    Keywords

    Time consistency; unconditional expectation; timeless perspective; optimal monetary policy.;

    JEL classification:

    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • E30 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • 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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