Inflation Announcements and Social Dynamics
We propose a new framework for understanding the effectiveness of central bank announcements when firms have heterogeneous inflation expectations. Expectations are updated through social dynamics and, with heterogeneity, not all firms choose to operate, putting downward pressure on realized inflation. Our model predicts that announcing an abrupt target to disinflate will cause inflation to undershoot the target whereas announcing gradual targets will not. We present new empirical evidence that corroborates this prediction. The same model also rationalizes why countries stuck at the zero lower bound have had a hard time increasing inflation without being aggressive.
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This paper was revised on September 14, 2016
Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w20161
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