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What does the Bundesbank target?

Author: Bernanke, B. S. ; Mihov, IlianINSEAD Area: Finance ; Economics and Political ScienceIn: European Economic Review, vol. 41, no. 6, jun. 1997 Language: EnglishDescription: p. 1025-1053.Type of document: INSEAD ArticleNote: Please ask us for this itemAbstract: Although its primary ultimate objective is price stability, the Bundesbank has drawn a distinction between its money-focused atrategy and the inflation targeting approach recently adopted by a number of central banks. We shaw that, holding constant the current forecast of inflation, german monetary policy responds very little to changes in forecasted money growth; we conclude that the Bundesbank is much better described as an inflation targeter than as a money targeter. An additional contribution of the paper is to apply the structural VAR methods of Bernanke and Mihov (1995) to determine the optimal indicator of German monetary policiy: we find that the Lombard rate has historically been a good policy indicator, although the use of the call rate as an indicator cannot be statistically rejected
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Although its primary ultimate objective is price stability, the Bundesbank has drawn a distinction between its money-focused atrategy and the inflation targeting approach recently adopted by a number of central banks. We shaw that, holding constant the current forecast of inflation, german monetary policy responds very little to changes in forecasted money growth; we conclude that the Bundesbank is much better described as an inflation targeter than as a money targeter. An additional contribution of the paper is to apply the structural VAR methods of Bernanke and Mihov (1995) to determine the optimal indicator of German monetary policiy: we find that the Lombard rate has historically been a good policy indicator, although the use of the call rate as an indicator cannot be statistically rejected

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