Monetary Policy, Expectations and Commitment

24 Pages Posted: 8 May 2006

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George W. Evans

University of Oregon - Department of Economics; University of St. Andrews - School of Economics and Finance

Seppo Honkapohja

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Aalto University School of Business; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); Aalto University - School of Business

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Abstract

Commitment in monetary policy leads to equilibria that are superior to those from optimal discretionary policies. A number of interest-rate reaction functions and instrument rules have been proposed to implement or approximate commitment policy. We assess these rules in terms of whether they lead to a rational expectations equilibrium that is both locally determinate and stable under adaptive learning by private agents. A reaction function that appropriately depends explicitly on private sector expectations performs particularly well on both counts.

Suggested Citation

Evans, George W. and Honkapohja, Seppo and Honkapohja, Seppo, Monetary Policy, Expectations and Commitment. Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 108, No. 1, pp. 15-38, March 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=901041 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9442.2006.00437.x

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