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Should Monetary Policy Respond to Asset Price Misalignments?

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  • Alexandros Kontonikas

    (Brunel University)

  • Christos Ioannidis

    (Brunel University)

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This paper analyses the relationship between monetary policy and asset prices using a structural rational expectations model that allows for the effect of asset prices on aggregate demand. We assume that asset prices follow a partial adjustment mechanism whereas they are positively affected by past changes, thus allowing for ‘momentum trading’, while at the same time we allow for reversion towards fundamentals. We then conduct stochastic simulations using two alternative monetary policy rules, inflation-forecast targeting and the standard Taylor rule. The results indicate that, under both rules, interest rate setting that takes into account asset price misalignments leads to lower overall macroeconomic volatility, as measured by the postulated loss function of the central bank.

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  • Alexandros Kontonikas & Christos Ioannidis, 2004. "Should Monetary Policy Respond to Asset Price Misalignments?," Macroeconomics 0404026, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpma:0404026
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    Keywords

    Monetary policy; Asset prices;

    JEL classification:

    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • E60 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - General

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