The Advantage of Transparency in Monetary Policy Instruments

Posted: 13 Aug 2008

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Andrew Atkeson

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Patrick J. Kehoe

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis - Research Department; University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: December 2001

Abstract

Monetary policy instruments differ in tightness-how closely they are linked to inflation-and transparency-how easily they can be monitored. Tightness is always desirable in a monetary policy instrument; when is transparency? When a government cannot commit to follow a given policy. We apply this argument to a classic question: Is the exchange rate or the money growth rate the better monetary policy instrument? We show that if the instruments are equally tight and a government cannot commit to a policy, then the exchange rate's greater transparency gives it an advantage as a monetary policy instrument.

Keywords: Nominal Anchor, Exchange Rate Regime, Monetary Instrument, Time Consistency, Fixed Exchange Rates

JEL Classification: E5, E52, E61, F33, F41

Suggested Citation

Atkeson, Andrew G. and Kehoe, Patrick J., The Advantage of Transparency in Monetary Policy Instruments (December 2001). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1221664

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