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Determinacy in New Keynesian Models: A role for money after all?

Minford, Anthony Patrick Leslie and Srinivasan, Naveen 2011. Determinacy in New Keynesian Models: A role for money after all? International Finance 14 (2) , pp. 211-229.

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The New Keynesian Taylor rule model of inflation determination with no role for money is incomplete. As Cochrane (2007a, b) argues, it has no credible mechanism for ruling out bubbles (or deal with the non-uniqueness problem that arises when the Taylor principle is violated) and as a result fails to provide a reason for private agents to pick a unique stable path. We propose a way forward. Our proposal is in effect that the New Keynesian model should be formulated with a money demand and money supply function. It should also embody a terminal condition for money supply behaviour. If indeterminacy of stable (or unstable) paths occurred the central bank would switch to a money supply rule explicitly designed to stop it via the terminal condition. This would therefore be a ‘threat/trigger strategy’ complementing the Taylor rule – only to be invoked if inflation misbehaved. Thus, we answer the criticisms levelled at the Taylor rule that it has no credible mechanism for dealing with these issues. However, it does imply that money cannot be avoided in the New Keynesian setup, contrary to Woodford (2008).

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1468-2362
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:33

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