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Monetary Policy Analysis: An Undergraduate Toolkit

  • Jagjit S. Chadha

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We develop simple diagrams that can be used by undergraduates to understand interest rate setting by policy- makers. We combine an inflation target, Fisher equation, policy reaction function and short and long run aggregate supply analysis to give a depiction of the policy problem. We illustrate the appropriate response by the policy maker to each of a positive shock to demand, a negative supply shock and dislodged inflation expectations. We also illustrate the problems of a zero bound for policy rates within this framework and consider the role of an interest rate rule in offsetting money market perturbations. Some key readings are introduced.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, University of Kent in its series Studies in Economics with number 0815.

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Handle: RePEc:ukc:ukcedp:0815
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