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Optimal Advice for Monetary Policy

Susanto Basu (), Miles Kimball, N. Gregory Mankiw () and David Weil ()

No 3054, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: This paper addresses the issue of how to give optimal advice about monetary policy when it is known that the advice may not be heeded. We examine a simple macroeconomic model in which monetary policy has the ability to stabilize output by offsetting exogenous shocks to aggregate demand. The optimal policy rule for such a model is easily derived. But an adviser who knows that his advice may not be followed should not recommend the optimal policy rule. This is true because, in giving activist advice, such an adviser increases uncertainty about what monetary policy will be followed. We solve for the rule that such an adviser should use in giving advice.

Date: 1989-08
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Published as Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 19-36, (February 1990).

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