Lossani, Marco and Natale, Piergiovanna and Tirelli, Patrizio (2000): Fiscal Policy and Inflation Targets: Does Credibility Matters? Published in: Economia Politica (2001)
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We reconsider Svensson’s inflation-targeting proposal in a model where the need to raise seigniorage revenues determines the socially optimal inflation rate and distortionary taxes cause the inflation bias. Interpreting the targets as contracts, we show that the interaction between fiscal and monetary policy complicates the structure of the optimal contract. Moreover, if the commitment technology is imperfect, «highish» targets generate lower inflation than targets, which are too low to be credible. Alternatively, interpreting inflation targets as policy delegation to a non-distortionary target-conservative agent, we show that target-conservative bankers are public-expenditures conservative. Unfortunately, only idiosyncratic views about the benefits from public expenditures can be invoked to justify expenditures-conservatism, implying that target-conservative agents are also weight-conservative.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Fiscal Policy and Inflation Targets: Does Credibility Matters?|
|Keywords:||Central bank independence, Inflation targets|
|Subjects:||E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E5 - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit|
|Depositing User:||Piergiovanna Natale|
|Date Deposited:||21. Nov 2009 05:51|
|Last Modified:||12. Feb 2013 18:04|
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