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Select your Committee: the Impact of Central Bankers Background on Inflation

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  • Etienne Farvaque
  • Hakim Hammadou
  • Piotr Stanek

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This paper examines the influence of the biographical experience of monetary policy committee members on their inflation performance. Our sample covers major OECD countries in the 1999 to 2008 period. The results show that policy makers' backgrounds influence inflation. The professional background of monetary policy committees' members proves important, private sector members, academics and central banks' insiders being better in controlling inflation. Gender also reveals important, with women appearing more hawkish than male central bankers. Finally, the size of the monetary policy committees matters and non-linear effects are found.

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Article provided by CEPII research center in its journal Economie Internationale.

Volume (Year): (2009)
Issue (Month): 117 ()
Pages: 99-129

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Handle: RePEc:cii:cepiei:2009-1te

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Keywords: Central banking; committees; inflation; governance;

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  1. Moessinger, Marc-Daniel, 2012. "Do personal characteristics of finance ministers affect the development of public debt?," ZEW Discussion Papers 12-068, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
  2. Ronny Freier & Sebastian Thomasius, 2012. "Voters Prefer More Qualified Mayors, but Does It Matter for Public Finances?: Evidence for Germany," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1262, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  3. António Afonso & Maria João Guedes, 2014. "EU Finance Ministers, Capital Markets and Fiscal Outcomes," Working Papers Department of Economics 2014/01, ISEG - School of Economics and Management, Department of Economics, University of Lisbon.
  4. Beate R. Jochimsen & Sebastian Thomasius, 2012. "The Perfect Finance Minister: Whom to Appoint as Finance Minister to Balance the Budget?," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1188, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  5. Bernd Hayo & Ummad Mazhar, 2011. "Monetary Policy Committee Transparency: Measurement,Determinants, and Economic Effects," MAGKS Papers on Economics 201140, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung).

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