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What is Constrained Discretion

A principle which applies to the situation in which policymakers have some freedom (discretion) to vary policy instruments, such as taxes or interest rates, but within well-defined limits (constraints). A well-designed policy framework gives policymakers sufficient freedom to respond flexibly to shocks and sufficient constraints to ensure that they do not exercise their discretion in a way that could undermine the long-term stability of the economy.

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