Matthews, Kent Meenagh, David Minford, Patrick Webb, Bruce
Year of Publication:
Cardiff Economics Working Papers E2006/12
Macro models generally assume away heterogeneous welfare in assessing policies. We investigate here within two aggregative models ó one with a representative agent, the other a long-used forecasting model of the UK ó whether allowing for di§erences in welfare functions (speciÖcally between those in continuous employment and those with frequent unemployment spells) alters the rankings of monetary policies. We Önd that it does but that a set of policies (money supply targeting implemented by money supply control) can be found that are robust in the sense of avoiding very poor outcomes for either of the two groups.