December 2005 issue contents
How Should Monetary Policy Respond to Asset-Price Bubbles? - IJCB - December 2005

by David Gruen (Australian Treasury), Michael Plumb and Andrew Stone (Reserve Bank of Australia)


We present a simple macroeconomic model that includes a role for an asset-price bubble. We then derive optimal monetary policy settings for two policymakers: a skeptic, for whom the best forecast of future asset prices is the current price; and an activist, whose policy recommendations take into account the complete stochastic implications of the bubble. We show that the activist's recommendations depend sensitively on the detailed stochastic properties of the bubble. In some circumstances the activist clearly recommends tighter policy than the skeptic, but in others the appropriate recommendation is to be looser. Our results highlight the stringent informational requirements inherent in an activist policy approach to handling asset-price bubbles.

JEL Codes: E32, E52, E60.

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