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Thinking about Monetary Policy without Money: A Review of Three Books:

Inflation Targeting, Monetary Theory and Policy, and Interest and Prices

This paper reviews three recent books. Two books, one by Carl Walsh and one by Michael Woodford, focus on the development of monetary theory. In contrast, the third book is a collection of papers in an NBER volume on inflation targeting. This volume outlines some of the issues that arise when applying the tools described by Walsh and Woodford to the policy goal of targeting inflation rates. A central theme of all three works is the desirability of abstracting from money demand in the analysis of monetary policy. In our review we focus the bulk of our discussion on the absence of money in these models.

JEL Classification: E31, E32, E6

Key Words: Monetary policy, inflation targeting

Suggested citation: Carlstrom, Charles T., and Timothy S. Fuerst, 2004. "Inflation Targeting, Monetary Theory and Policy, and Interest and Prices," Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Working Paper no. 04-10.

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