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Expectation Traps and Monetary Policy

  • Stefania Albanesi

    (Bocconi University and IGIER)

  • V. V. Chari

    (University of Minnesota and Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis)

  • Lawrence J. Christiano

    (Northwestern University and Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago)

We describe a class of monetary economies that generate persistent episodes of high and low inflation. In this class of economies, variations in expectations can lead private agents to take actions which then make it optimal for the monetary authority to validate those expectations. We think these models deserve attention because they display several good empirical properties.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: 10 Jan 2002
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpma:0201004
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