How to Improve Inflation Targeting in Canada

Author/Editor:

Maurice Obstfeld ; Kevin Clinton ; Ondra Kamenik ; Douglas Laxton ; Yulia Ustyugova ; Hou Wang

Publication Date:

September 26, 2016

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Routine publication of the forecast path for the policy interest rate (i.e. “conventional forward guidance”) would improve the transparency of monetary policy. It would also improve policy effectiveness through its influence on expectations, particularly when there is a risk of low inflation, and the policy rate is constrained by the effective lower bound. Model simulations indicate that a potent macroeconomic strategy, for returning the Canadian economy to potential, combines conventional forward guidance with a fiscal stimulus. As a response to the effective lower bound constraint, and the decline in the world equilibrium real interest rate, this strategy is preferable to raising the inflation target.

Series:

Working Paper No. 16/192

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

September 26, 2016

ISBN/ISSN:

9781475541298/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2016192

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

43

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