Christine Lagarde and Janet Yellen Yin Bogu/ZumaPress

Переосмысливая инфляционное таргетирование

ЦЮРИХ – За последние два десятилетия инфляционное таргетирование стало преобладающей основой денежно-кредитной политики. Оно фактически (хотя и не в открытую) было принято крупнейшими центральными банками, в том числе Федеральным резервным банком США, Европейским центральным банком и Национальным банком Швейцарии. Но глобальный экономический кризис 2008 года, от которого мир до сих пор еще не оправился, заставил серьезно усомниться в этом подходе.

Банк международных расчетов давно доказывал, что инфляционное таргетирование в чистом виде несовместимо с финансовой стабильностью. Оно не принимает во внимание финансовый цикл и, следовательно, приводит к чрезмерно экспансионистской и асимметричной денежно-кредитной политике. Более того, основной аргумент в пользу инфляционного таргетирования – что оно внесло вклад в снижение инфляции с начала 1990-х – в лучшем случае сомнителен. Дефляция на самом деле началась в начале 1980-х – задолго до того, как было придумано инфляционное таргетирование – благодаря согласованным усилиям тогдашнего председателя Совета ФРС США Пола Волкера. А, начиная с 1990-х, глобализация – в частности, интеграция Китая в мировую экономику – стала, вероятно, главной причиной уменьшения глобального инфляционного давления.

Более современным указанием на то, что инфляционное таргетирование не привело к наблюдаемой после 1990-х дефляции, являются безуспешные попытки все большего числа центральных банков вызвать рефляцию в экономике. Если центральным банкам не удается повысить инфляцию, разумно предположить, что они, возможно, не были причиной и ее снижения.

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