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Inflation Targeting as a Means of Achieving Disinflation

  • Saborowski, Christian

    (University of Warwick)

In this paper, we take an analytical approach to examine possible adverse effects of the use of inflation targeting as a disinflation regime. The idea is that a strict interpretation of an inflation target may preserve inflationary distortions after price stability is attained. We show that such a policy not only creates a slump in output but may increase macroeconomic volatility substantially in a model in which wages are subject to a Taylor staggering structure.

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Paper provided by University of Warwick, Department of Economics in its series The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) with number 894.

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Length: 48 pages
Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:wrk:warwec:894
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