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Are central bank preferences asymmetric? A comment

Minford, Anthony Patrick Leslie and Srinivasan, Naveen 2008. Are central bank preferences asymmetric? A comment. Economic Notes 37 (1) , pp. 119-126. 10.1111/j.1468-0300.2008.00191.x

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A recent paper by Ruge-Murcia (2004) on asymmetric central bank objectives provides a new perspective on the policy roots of inflation in developed economies. More precisely, the paper demonstrates that if the distribution of the supply shocks is normal, then the reduced-form solution for inflation implies a positive (or negative) relation between average inflation and the variance of shocks. We argue that the evidence offered in support of this hypothesis suffers from lack of identification because Phillips curve nonlinearity combined with quadratic central bank preferences yield the same reduced-form solution for inflation. If so, estimating reduced form for inflation will not be able to discriminate between these models. Yet they have quite different implications for policy. Other, structural, evidence is needed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Uncontrolled Keywords: E52; E58; E61.
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
ISSN: 0391-5026
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:11

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