The Role of Policymakers in Business Cycle Fluctuations Synopsis

This book's central theme is that a policymaker's role is to enhance the public's ability to coordinate their price information, price expectations, and economic activities. This role is fulfilled when policymakers maintain inflation stability. Inflation persists less when an implicit or explicit inflation target is met. Granato and Wong argue that inflation persistence is reduced when the public substitutes the prespecified inflation target for past inflation. A by-product of this co-ordination process is greater economic stability. In particular, inflation stability contributes to greater economic output stability, including the potential for the simultaneous reduction of both inflation and output variability - inflation-output co-stabilization (IOCS). Granato and Wong use historical, formal, and applied statistical analysis of business-cycle performance in the United States for the 1960 to 2000 period. They find that during periods when policymakers emphasize inflation stability, inflation uncertainty and persistence were reduced.

The Role of Policymakers in Business Cycle Fluctuations Press Reviews

Review of the hardback: '... this book is an impressive exercise in theoretical and applied political economy. ... the closely interwoven uses of formal, historical and econometric empirical analyses help to make a strong case for the author's arguments.' Journal of Public Policy Review of the hardback: ' ... the book can be strongly recommended to students and scholars of political economy in the United States and beyond. it is most appropriate for advanced undergraduate courses that require a sound background in macroeconomics and for graduate science courses in political economy.' Professor Richard Rose, Centre for the Study of Public Policy

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521390767
Publication date: 21st July 2011
Author: Jim (University of Texas, Austin) Granato, M. C. Sunny (Assistant Professor, University of Southern Mississippi) Wong
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 318 pages
Categories: Political economy, Politics & government,

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