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Lessons for monetary policy: what should the consensus be?

Otmar Issing

No 81, Globalization Institute Working Papers from Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Abstract: This paper outlines important lessons for monetary policy. In particular, the role of inflation targeting, which was much acclaimed prior to the financial crisis and since then has not lost much of its endorsement, is critically reviewed. Ignoring the relation between monetary policy and asset prices, as is the case in this monetary policy approach, can lead to financial instability. In contrast, giving, inter alia, monetary factors a role in central banks' policy decisions, as is done in the ECB's encompassing approach, helps prevent these potentially harmful side effects and thus allows for fostering financial stability. Finally, this paper makes a case against increasing the central banks' inflation target.

Keywords: Financial markets; Monetary policy; Banks and banking, Central (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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