The Conduct of Global Monetary Policy and Domestic Stability

42 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2008 Last revised: 28 Jan 2009

See all articles by Andrew P. Blake

Andrew P. Blake

Bank of England - CCBS

Bojan Markovic

EBRD - Economics, Policy and Governance; University of Birmingham

Date Written: August 1, 2008


The purpose of this paper is to examine how important an improvement in global monetary policy might be for the macroeconomic performance of a small open economy such as the United Kingdom. Our paper contributes to the literature by proposing a new methodology to treat indeterminate solutions (the most-robust solution), and by analysing a policy improvement within a three-country framework. Both contributions yield a rich set of theoretical and policy implications. We find that the performance of the domestic macroeconomy depends crucially on domestic monetary policy, but there remains significant potential for monetary policy abroad to improve the stability of inflation and output in a small open economy. Importantly, how much of this potential spillover from policy abroad crystallises is still endogenous to the conduct of domestic policy. We also show that an improvement in policy abroad may not reduce domestic volatility when domestic policy is the only poor policy globally. In such a case domestic volatility can even become worse. Our paper also yields interesting results related to the impact of a policy improvement abroad on inflation persistence in the domestic economy and her exposure to foreign shocks.

Keywords: Indeterminacy, stochastic volatility, Taylor rule, international spillovers, Great Inflation

JEL Classification: C62, D84, E30, E58, E61, F41, F42

Suggested Citation

Blake, Andrew P. and Markovic, Bojan, The Conduct of Global Monetary Policy and Domestic Stability (August 1, 2008). Bank of England Working Paper No. 353, Available at SSRN: or

Andrew P. Blake

Bank of England - CCBS ( email )

Threadneedle Street
London, EC2R 8AH
United Kingdom

Bojan Markovic (Contact Author)

EBRD - Economics, Policy and Governance ( email )

One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
United Kingdom

University of Birmingham ( email )

Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT
United Kingdom

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
PlumX Metrics