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Caution or activism? Monetary policy strategies in an open economy

By Martin Ellison, Lucio Sarno and Jouko Vilmunen

Abstract

We examine optimal policy in an open-economy model with uncertainty and learning, where monetary policy actions affect the economy through the real exchange rate channel. Our results show that the degree of caution or activism in optimal policy depends on whether central banks are in coordinated or uncoordinated equilibrium. If central banks coordinate their policy actions then activism is optimal. In contrast, if there is no coordination, caution prevails. In the latter case caution is optimal because it helps central banks to avoid exposing themselves to manipulative actions by other central banks.\ud \ud \ud \u

Topics: HG
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:648

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