Type: Working Paper
Hitting the elusive inflation target
Working Paper, NBER Working Paper, 2019/26279
BIANCHI, Francesco, MELOSI, Leonardo, ROTTNER, Matthias Christian, Hitting the elusive inflation target, NBER Working Paper, 2019/26279 - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/71498
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Since the 2001 recession, average core inflation has been below the Federal Reserve’s 2% target. This deflationary bias is a predictable consequence of the current symmetric monetary policy strategy that fails to recognize the risk of encountering the zero-lower-bound. An asymmetric rule according to which the central bank responds less aggressively to above-target inflation corrects the bias, improves welfare, and reduces the risk of deflationary spirals—a pathological situation in which inflation keeps falling indefinitely. This approach does not entail any history dependence or commitment to overshoot the inflation target and can be implemented with an asymmetric target range.
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/71498
Full-text via DOI: 10.3386/w26279
Series/Number: NBER Working Paper; 2019/26279
Publisher: National Bureau of Economic Research
Succeeding version: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/71501
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