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The Asymmetric Loss Function and the Central Banks' Ability in Developing Countries

Osama Sweidan ()

Global Economic Review, 2008, vol. 37, issue 3, 387-403

Abstract: This paper seeks to develop a theoretical strand of research in monetary economics by modelling central bank ability in the loss function. Recently, many working papers issued by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) prove that some central banks, particularly from developing countries, are suffering from serious operational problems that might affect their abilities to control the economy. Simultaneously, a literature review shows that the movements are toward using asymmetric loss function. Therefore, we utilize this function in the standard monetary approach. The results proved that both central bank ability and preference in developing countries are fundamental to explain inflation bias and the movement of monetary policy instrument.

Keywords: Asymmetric loss function; central bank ability; central bank losses; inflation rate; developing countries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
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