Exploring the Role of the Real Exchange Rate in Australian Monetary Policy


Richard Dennis

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2002-19 | June 1, 2002

An important issue in small open-economies is whether policymakers should respond to exchange rate movements when they formulate monetary policy. Micro-founded models tend to suggest that there is little to be gained from responding to exchange rate movements, and the literature has largely concluded that such a response is unnecessary, or even undesirable (Taylor, 2001). This paper examines this issue using an estimated model of the Australian economy. In contrast to micro-founded models, according to this model policymakers should allow for movements in the real exchange rage and the terms-of-trade when they set interest rates. Further, taking real exchange rate movements into account appears even more important with price level targeting than with inflation targeting.

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Dennis, Richard. 2002. “Exploring the Role of the Real Exchange Rate in Australian Monetary Policy,” Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Working Paper 2002-19. Available at https://doi.org/10.24148/wp2002-19