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Targeting Inflation by Forecast Feedback Rules in Small Open Economies

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We argue that inflation-targeting strategy in practice can be approximated with the interest rate responding to the unchanged-interest-rate forecast of inflation. We develop a method to derive unchanged-interest-rate forecasts in forward-looking models and evaluate the performance of the policy rule in an optimizing New Keynesian model due to Monacelli (2003) estimated on UK data. We find that the policy rule is less prone to generate a determinate rational expectations equilibrium if based on an unchanged interest rate compared to the rule-consistent forecast. The rule approximates the optimal commitment policy if the central bank attaches sufficient weight to inflation as opposed to output gap stabilization. The optimal forecast horizon is robustly close to one and a half year

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  • Kai Leitemo, 2004. "Targeting Inflation by Forecast Feedback Rules in Small Open Economies," Computing in Economics and Finance 2004 18, Society for Computational Economics.
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    Inflation Targeting; monetary policy; feedback rules; open economy;
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    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects
    • E47 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Forecasting and Simulation: Models and Applications
    • 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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