Issues in Monetary Policy


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The 2006 title in the IEA's annual series looking at the state of utility regulation and competition policy

This major title explores a series of issues within comtemporary monetary policy.

Edited by Kent Matthews and Philip Booth
With contributions by Mervyn King, David B Smith, Andrew Lilico, Keith Pilbeam, Patrick Minford, Kevin Dowd,
Forrest Capie and Geoffrey Wood, Tim Congdon, John Greenwood. Includes appendices by Milton Friedman

Since the Bank of England was made independent in 1997, the conduct of monetary policy has been relatively uncontroversial. The debates between Keynesians, monetarists and supporters of fixed exchange rate mechanisms now appear very distant.

Despite the apparent consensus there are many issues related to the conduct of monetary policy that are not yet settled and which will soon come to the fore. Is the current form of independence for the Bank of England appropriate? Should a central bank target inflation or the prices level? How does a central bank deal with asset price deflation? Should more account be taken of monetary aggregates? Should central banks target asset prices? What is the relationship between the money supply and asset price inflation? How should central banks ensure financial stability?

The IEA was at the forefront of changing the parameters of the debate surrounding monetary policy in the 1970s and 1980s. This book, brings together some of the leading authors in the field, including the current Governor of the Bank of England, to discuss current issues in monetary policy.

Monetary Policy: Practice Ahead of Theory by Mervyn King
Are the Structure and Responsibilities of the Bank of England Optimal and If Not, Does It Matter? By David B. Smith
Why Price-Level Targeting is better than Inflation Targeting by Andrew Lilico
A Price Targeting Regime Compared to a Non Price Targeting Regime. Is Price Stability a Good Idea? by Keith Pilbeam
Optimal Monetary Policy with Endogenous Contracts: Is there a Case for Price-Level Targeting and Money Supply Control? by Patrick Minford.
Forecasting Inflation: The Inflation ‘Fan Charts’ by Kevin Dowd
Asset Prices, Financial Stability, and the Role of the Central Bank by Forrest Capie
Money, Asset Prices and the Boom-Bust Cycles in the UK: An Analysis of the Transmission Mechanism from Money to Macro-Economic Outcomes by Tim Congdon
Money, Bubbles and Crashes: Should a Central Bank Target Asset Prices? by Gordon T. Pepper with Michael J. Oliver
Monetary Policy and the Bank of Japan by John Greenwood

2006, Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd in association with the IEA,
ISBN 0-470 01819-4, 200pp, PB

See also:
Verdict on the Crash Edited by Philip Booth
Economic Contractions in the United States by Charles K. Rowley and Nathaniel Smith
Central Banking in a Free Society by Tim Congdon