Inflation Targeting and the Unemployment-Inflation Trade-off

Author/Editor:

Chorng-Huey Wong ; Eric V. Clifton ; Gene L. Leon

Publication Date:

October 1, 2001

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Summary:

This paper examines the impact of the introduction of inflation targeting on the unemployment-inflation trade-off in OECD countries. Theoretical models suggest that the credibility-enhancing effects of the adoption of inflation targeting should cause an improvement in the unemployment-inflation trade-off, i.e., that reducing inflation by a given amount should occur with a smaller rise in unemployment. The empirical evidence examined for OECD countries adopting inflation targeting supports this hypothesis. Using a smooth transition regression model, it is shown that the improvement in this trade-off does not take place immediately after the adoption of inflation targeting; rather, it improves over time as the credibility of the central bank is established.

Series:

Working Paper No. 01/166

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

October 1, 2001

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451858105/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1662001

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

43

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