Institutional Affiliation: Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
|Pricing, Production and Persistence|
with Robert G. King: w8407
Though built with increasingly precise microfoundations, modern optimizing sticky price models have displayed a chronic inability to generate large and persistent real responses to monetary shocks, as recently stressed by Chari, Kehoe and McGrattan . This is an ironic finding, since Taylor  and other researchers were motivated to study sticky price models in part by the objective of generating large and persistent business fluctuations. We trace this lack of persistence to a standard view of the cyclical behavior of real marginal cost built into current sticky price macro models. Using both a small loglinear macroeconomic model and a larger fully articulated model, we show how an alternative view of real marginal cost can lead to substantial persistence. This alternative view i...
Published: Michael Dotsey & Robert G. King, 2006. "Pricing, Production, and Persistence," Journal of the European Economic Association, MIT Press, vol. 4(5), pages 893-928, 09. citation courtesy of
|Monetary Instruments and Policy Rules in a Rational Expectations Environment|
with Robert G. King: w1114
This paper explores the implications of rational expectations and the aggregate supply theory advanced by Lucas (1973) for analysis of optimal monetary policy under uncertainty along the lines of Poole (1970), returning to a topic initially treated by Sargent and Wallace (1975). Not surprisingly, these two "classical"concepts alter both the menu of feasible policy choice and the desirability of certain policy actions. In our setup, unlike that of Sargent and Wallace (1975),the systematic component of monetary policy is a relevant determinant of the magnitudeof "business fluctuations" that arise from shocks to the system. Central bank behavior--both the selection of monetary instruments and the framing of overall policyrespJnse to economic conditions--can work to diminish or increase the ma...
Published: Dotsey, Michael and Robert G. King. "Monetary Instruments and Policy Rulesin a Rational Expectations Environment." Journal of Monetary Economics, Vol. 12, No. 3, (September 1983), pp. 357-382. citation courtesy of