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Inflation Targeting as a Means of Achieving Disinflation

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  • Saborowski, Christian

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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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  • Saborowski, Christian, 2009. "Inflation Targeting as a Means of Achieving Disinflation," The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) 894, University of Warwick, Department of Economics.
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    1. Saborowski, Christian, 2010. "Inflation targeting as a means of achieving disinflation," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, pages 2510-2532.

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    Keywords

    Disinflation ; Inflation Targeting ; Wage Staggering;

    JEL classification:

    • E4 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates
    • E5 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit

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