United States monetary policy has traditionally been modeled under the assumption that the domestic economy is immune to international factors and exogenous shocks. Such an assumption is increasingly unrealistic in the age of integrated capital markets, tightened links between national economies, and reduced trading costs. "International Dimensions of Monetary Policy" brings together fresh research to address the repercussions of the continuing evolution toward globalization for the conduct of monetary policy. In this comprehensive book, the contributors examine the real and potential effects of increased openness and exposure to international economic dynamics from a variety of perspectives. Their findings reveal that central banks continue to decisively influence domestic economic outcomes - even inflation - suggesting that international factors may have a limited role in national performance. "International Dimensions of Monetary Policy" will lead the way in analyzing monetary policy measures in complex economies.
Jordi Gali is director and senior researcher at the Center for Research in International Economics and professor of economics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Mark Gertler is the Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Economics and chairman of the economics department at New York University.