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Welfare Gains from Monetary Commitment in a Model of the Euro-Area

Levine, P, McAdam, P and Pearlman, J Welfare Gains from Monetary Commitment in a Model of the Euro-Area .

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This paper sets out first, to quantify the stabilization gains from commitment in terms of household welfare and second, to examine how commitment to an optimal or approximately optimal rule can be sustained as an equilibrium in which reneging hardly ever occurs. We utilize an influential empirical micro-founded DSGE model, the Euro-Area model of \cite{SW03}, and a quadratic approximation of the epresentative household's utility as the welfare criterion. We impose the effect of a lower zero nominal interest rate bound. In contrast with previous studies we find substantial stabilization gains from commitment -- as much as a $5-6\%$ permanent increase in consumption. We also find that a simple optimized commitment rule with the nominal interest rate responding to current inflation and the real wage closely mimics the optimal rule

Item Type: Other
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
McAdam, P
Pearlman, J
Uncontrolled Keywords : E52, E37, E58, Monetary rules, commitment, discretion, welfare gains
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:14
Last Modified : 23 Jan 2020 10:27

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