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Title:Monetary policy in a channel system PDF Logo
Authors:Berentsen, Aleksander
Monnet, Cyril
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper 1929
Abstract:Channel systems for conducting monetary policy are becoming increasingly popular. Despite their popularity, the consequences of implementing policy with a channel system are not well understood. We develop a general equilibrium framework of a channel system and investigate the optimal policy. A novel aspect of the channel system is that a central bank can tighten or loosen its policy without changing its target rate by increasing the interest-rate spread symmetrically around the target rate. This questions the characterization of optimal policy through interest-rate rules, as done in a large body of the literature on the optimal design of interest-rate rules.
Subjects:monetary policy
interest rates
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JEL:E40
E50
D83
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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