Working Paper

Trend Growth, Unemployment and Optimal Monetary Policy

Kiel Working Papers, 2003

We analyze the implications of changes in the trend growth rate for optimal monetary policy in the presence of search and matching unemployment. We show that trend growth in itself does not generate a trade-off for the monetary authority, but that it interacts importantly with the inefficiencies stemming from the labor market. Higher trend growth exacerbates the inefficiencies of the labor market and therefore calls for larger deviations from price stability.


Wolfgang Lechthaler - Kiel Institute
Wolfgang Lechthaler
Mewael F. Tesfaselassie, Ph.D. - Kiel Institute
Mewael Tesfaselassie


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E12, E24, E52