On December 12, 2019, Fed in Print will introduce its new platform for discovering content. Please direct your questions to Anna Oates

Home About Latest Browse RSS Advanced Search

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Working Papers
Central bank design in general equilibrium
James B. Bullard
Christopher J. Waller
Abstract

We study the effects of alternative institutional arrangements for the determination of monetary policy in the context of a capital-theoretic, general equilibrium economy. In the absence of an institutional arrangement, there is a continuum of steady state equilibria indexed by rates of inflation ranging from the Friedman rule to high a high level. The social optimum is associated with the Friedman rule.. We consider three institutional arrangements for determining monetary policy. The first, unconditional majority voting, always leads to a substantial inflation bias. The second, a simple form of bargaining which we interpret as a policy board, generally improves on the unconditional majority voting outcome. Finally, we consider a form of constitutional rule which always achieves the social optimum.


Download Full text
Download Full text
Cite this item
James B. Bullard & Christopher J. Waller, Central bank design in general equilibrium, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Working Papers 1998-002, 2002.
More from this series
JEL Classification:
Subject headings:
Keywords: Monetary theory ; Banks and banking; Central
For corrections, contact Anna Oates ()
Fed-in-Print is the central catalog of publications within the Federal Reserve System. It is managed and hosted by the Economic Research Division, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Privacy Legal