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Issues in Controllability and the Theory of Economic Policy

Willem H. Buiter, Mark Gersovitz

NBER Technical Working Paper No. 2
Issued in July 1981
NBER Program(s):   ITI   IFM

The paper demonstrates that the concepts of dynamic controllability are useful for the theory of economic policy by establishing four propositions. First dynamic controllability is a central concept in stabilization policy. Second, the ability to achieve a target state, even if it cannot be maintained. may be of economic interest. Third, dynamic controllability is of special interest for 'historical' models. Fourth, the conditions for any notion of dynamic controllability are distinct from and weaker than those for Tinbergen static controllability.

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Published: Buiter, Willem H. and Gersovitz, Mark. "Issues in Controllability and the Theory of Economic Policy." Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 15, No. 1, (February 1981), pp. 33-43.

 
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