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James Bullard Discusses Nominal GDP Targeting
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From The President

April 17, 2019

In Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., St. Louis Fed President James Bullard discussed his working paper on whether monetary policy can be conducted in a way that benefits all households even in a world with substantial inequality. In the paper, nominal GDP targeting constitutes "optimal monetary policy for the masses," he said.

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