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Robust Stability of Monetary Policy Rules under Adaptive Learning

Recent research has explored how minor changes in expectation formation can change the stability properties of a model (Duffy and Xiao 2007, Evans and Honkapoja 2009). This paper builds on this research by examining an economy subject to a variety of monetary policy rules under an endogenous learning algorithm proposed by Marcet and Nicolini (2003). The results indicate that operational versions of optimal discretionary rules are not "robustly stable" as in Evans and Honkapoja (2009). In addition commitment rules are not robust to minor changes in expectational structure and parameter values.

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Paper provided by Ursinus College, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 13-01.

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Date of creation: 12 Jul 2012
Date of revision: 14 Dec 2012
Publication status: Published
Handle: RePEc:urs:urswps:13-01
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  1. George W. Evans & Seppo Honkapohja, 2003. "Adaptive learning and monetary policy design," Proceedings, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, pages 1045-1084.
  2. Klaus Adam & Roberto M. Billi, 2005. "Optimal monetary policy under commitment with a zero bound on nominal interest rates," Research Working Paper RWP 05-07, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
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