This paper considers an institutional arrangement in which the government assigns a publicly-announced inflation target to an instrument-independent central bank, but retains the discretion to revise the inflation target after wages have been set. We argue that since this arrangement is transparent, it solves Canzoneri's private information problem, ensures perfect monitoring of the government, and makes reputational forces more effective. Cases are characterized in which, for this reason, inflation targeting mitigates the inflationary bias of monetary policy.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Oxford Economic Papers|
|State||Published - Jul 1998|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Economics and Econometrics