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The second sort of contract has been proposed by Svensson (1997a), who shows that the optimal linear contract is equivalent to the situation in which the central bank has a lower inﬂation target than society. A third solution to the inﬂationary bias problem is simply to accept that policy should treat the natural unemployment rate as socially optimal, without trying to push unemployment above its natural rate even when it has an opportunity to do so. , Lockwood, Miller and Zhang, 1998, and Svensson,1997a) have shown that things are more complex when employment persistence is taken into account.
Different policy reactions to economic shocks, for example pre-emptive vs. lagged responses, would obviously induce different dynamics in economic variables and in their correlation to policy variables. In this respect, the evidence summarised in the rest of this section cannot be considered as a structural feature of the economy. King and Watson identify a few notable features emerging from the US data. There is a strong and positive correlation between nominal (and real) money M1 and output at lag zero.
Within the common prescription of an independent central bank, however, different forms of ‘commitment technology’ have been invoked to force it to adopt the commitment-type behaviour. Within the ‘standard’ Barro–Gordon model, it has been shown that three of them perform as well as the optimal rule under commitment. The ﬁrst is to design an optimal contract (Walsh, 1995)1 that penalises the central bank for deviating from the inﬂation target. The optimal contract turns out to be linear in the Barro–Gordon world, and it allows elimination of the inﬂationary bias without costs in terms of output volatility.