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Monetary Policy, Endogenous Inattention and the Volatility Trade-off

William Branch (), John Carlson (), George Evans () and Bruce McGough ()

Economic Journal, 2009, vol. 119, issue 534, 123-157

Abstract: This article considers the interaction of optimal monetary policy and agents' beliefs. We assume that agents choose their information acquisition rate by minimising a loss function that depends on expected forecast errors and information costs. "Endogenous inattention" is a Nash equilibrium in the information processing rate. Although a decline of policy activism directly increases output volatility, it indirectly anchors expectations, which decreases output volatility. If the indirect effect dominates then the usual trade-off between output and price volatility breaks down. Copyright © The Author(s). Journal compilation © Royal Economic Society 2009.

Date: 2009
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