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On the theory of interest rate policy

Peter Spahn ()

Banca Nazionale del Lavoro Quarterly Review, 2001, vol. 54, issue 219, 355-380

Abstract: A new consensus in the theory of monetary policy has been reached pointing to the pivotal role of interest rates that are set in accordance with central banks' reaction functions. The decisive criterion of assessing the Taylor rule, inflation and monetary targeting is not the macrotheoretic foundation of these concepts. They serve as "languages" coordinating heterogeneous beliefs among policy makers and private agents, and should also allow rule-based discretionary policies when markets are in need of leadership. Contrary to the ECB dogma, the Fed is right to have an eye on the risks of inflation and unemployment.

Keywords: Interest Rates; Interest; Monetary Policy; Monetary; Policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E43 E58 E52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2001
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