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Robustly optimal monetary policy with near-rational expectations

  • Woodford, Michael

The paper considers optimal monetary stabilization policy in a forward-looking model, when the central bank recognizes that private-sector expectations need not be precisely modelconsistent, and wishes to choose a policy that will be as good as possible in the case of any beliefs that are close enough to model-consistency. It is found that commitment continues to be important for optimal policy, that the optimal long-run inflation target is unaffected by the degree of potential distortion of beliefs, and that optimal policy is even more historydependent than if rational expectations are assumed.

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Paper provided by Center for Financial Studies (CFS) in its series CFS Working Paper Series with number 2007/12.

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Handle: RePEc:zbw:cfswop:200712
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