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Price-Level versus Inflation Targeting with Financial Market Imperfections

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This paper compares price-level-path targeting (PT) with inflation targeting (IT) in a sticky-price, dynamic, general equilibrium model augmented with imperfections in both the debt and equity markets. Using a Bayesian approach, we estimate this model for the Canadian economy. We show that the model with both debt and equity market imperfections fits the data better and use it to compare PT versus the estimated current IT regime. We find that in general PT outperforms the current IT regime. However, the gain is lower when financial market imperfections are taken into account.

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Canadian Journal of Economics (0008-4085)
November 2010. Vol. 43, Iss. 4, pp. 1302-1332