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Working Papers

September 2016, No. 16-11R

A Proposal to Clarify the Objectives and Strategy of Monetary Policy (Revised January 2017)

Robert L. Hetzel

Academic economists have perennially made arguments for the conduct of monetary policy constrained by an explicit rule. These arguments have gone nowhere. This paper advances a proposal to clarify Fed objectives and strategy in order to facilitate discussion leading to consensus over a desirable rule. The essence of the proposal is to replace the forecasts of the individual participants at FOMC meetings now contained in the Summary of Economic Projections with a consensus FOMC forecast accompanied by commentary on the strategy for monetary policy underlying the forecast.

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