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The value of interest rate stabilization polices when agents are learning

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  • Duffy, John

    (University of Pittsburgh)

  • Xiao, Wei

    (University of New Orleans)

We examine the expectational stability (E—stability) of rational expectations equilibrium under optimal interest rate rules in the context of the standard, “New Keynesian” model of the monetary transmission mechanism. We focus on the case where the monetary authority adds interest rate stabilization to its other objectives of inflation and output stabilization. We consider both the case where the monetary authority lacks a commitment technology and as well as the case of full commitment. We show that for both cases, optimal interest rate rules yield rational expectations equilibria that are E-stable for a wide range of empirically plausible parameter values. This finding stands in contrast to the findings of Evans and Honkapohja (2002, 2003ab) for optimal monetary policy rules in environments where interest rate stabilization is not part of the central bank’s objective function.

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Paper provided by University of New Orleans, Department of Economics and Finance in its series Working Papers with number 2004-02.

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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2004
Handle: RePEc:uno:wpaper:2004-02
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  1. Carlstrom, Charles T. & Fuerst, Timothy S., 2004. "Learning and the central bank," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 51(2), pages 327-338, March.
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