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Monetary policy and core inflation


  • Lenza, Michele


This paper studies optimal monetary policy responses in an economy featuring sectorial heterogeneity in the frequency of price adjustments. It shows that a central bank facing heterogeneous nominal rigidities is more likely to behave less aggressively than in a fully sticky economy. Hence, the supposedly excessive caution in the conduct of monetary policy shown by central banks could be partly explained by the existence of a relevant sectorial dispersion in the frequency of price adjustments.

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  • Lenza, Michele, 2007. "Monetary policy and core inflation," Discussion Paper Series 1: Economic Studies 2007,35, Deutsche Bundesbank.
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:bubdp1:7035

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    1. Hoffmann, Johannes & Jonker, Nicole & Lünnemann, Patrick & Vilmunen, Jouko & Dhyne, Emmanuel & Dias, Daniel & Le Bihan, Hervé & Álvarez, Luis J. & Veronese, Giovanni & Rumler, Fabio, 2005. "Price setting in the euro area: some stylized facts from individual consumer price data," Working Paper Series 524, European Central Bank.
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    1. Silke Tober & Tobias Zimmermann, 2009. "Monetary policy and commodity price shocks," Intereconomics: Review of European Economic Policy, Springer;German National Library of Economics;Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), vol. 44(4), pages 231-237, July.

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    core inflation; elasticity of intertemporal substitution; heterogeneity; nominal rigidity;

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    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects

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