A Quantitative Exploration of the Opportunistic Approach to Disinflation
University of London, Birkbeck College, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics
Central Bank of Cyprus
David H. Small
Federal Reserve Board - Monetary Studies Section
University of Frankfurt
David W. Wilcox
Federal Reserve Board - Division of Research and Statistics
CFS Working Paper 2005/19
Under a conventional policy rule, a central bank adjusts its policy rate linearly according to the gap between inflation and its target, and the gap between output and its potential. Under the opportunistic approach to disinflation a central bank controls inflation aggressively when inflation is far from its target, but concentrates more on output stabilization when inflation is close to its target, allowing supply shocks and unforeseen fluctuations in aggregate demand to move inflation within a certain band. We use stochastic simulations of a small-scale rational expectations model to contrast the behavior of output and inflation under opportunistic and linear rules.
Keywords: Inflation targeting, monetary policy, interest rates, policy rules, disinflation
JEL Classification: E31, E52, E58, E61working papers series
Date posted: August 30, 2005
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