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Money Stock Targeting, Base Drift and Price-Level Predictability: Lessons From the U.K. Experience

Michael D. Bordo, Ehsan U. Choudhri, Anna J. Schwartz

NBER Working Paper No. 2825 (Also Reprint No. r1506)
Issued in 1989
NBER Program(s):Economic Fluctuations and Growth, Monetary Economics, International Trade and Investment, International Finance and Macroeconomics

It is controversial whether money stock targeting without base drift (i.e. following a trend-stationary growth path) makes the price level more predictable in the presence of permanent shocks to money demand. Developing a procedure that does not run into the Lucas critique, and applying this procedure to the case of the U.K., the paper finds that the variance of the trend inflation rate in the U.K. would have been reduced by more than one half if the Bank of England had not allowed base drift.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w2825

Published: Journal of Monetary Economics, Vol. 25, No. 21, pp. 253-272, (March 1990). citation courtesy of

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