International Dimensions of Optimal Monetary Policy

46 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2002

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Giancarlo Corsetti

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS); University of Rome III - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Paolo A. Pesenti

Federal Reserve Bank of New York; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: April 2002

Abstract

This Paper provides a baseline general-equilibrium model of optimal monetary policy among interdependent economies with monopolistic firms and nominal rigidities. An inward-looking policy of complete domestic output stabilization is not optimal when firms' markups are exposed to currency fluctuations. Such policy raises exchange rate volatility, leading foreign exporters to charge higher prices vis-a-vis the increased uncertainty in the export market. As higher import prices reduce the purchasing power of domestic consumers, optimal monetary rules trade off a larger domestic output gap against lower consumer prices. Optimal rules in a world Nash equilibrium lead to less exchange rate volatility relative to both inward-looking rules and discretionary policies, even when the latter do not suffer from any inflationary (or deflationary) bias. Gains from international monetary cooperation are related in a non-monotonic way to the degree of exchange rate pass-through.

Keywords: Optimal cyclical monetary policy, nominal rigidities, exchange rate pass-through, international cooperation

JEL Classification: E31, E52, F42

Suggested Citation

Corsetti, Giancarlo and Pesenti, Paolo A., International Dimensions of Optimal Monetary Policy (April 2002). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 3349. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=315046

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