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The role of regional information in the optimal composition of a committee

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  • Robert-Paul Berben

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    (De Nederlandsche Bank)

  • Beata Bierut

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    (De Nederlandsche Bank)

  • Philipp Maier

    ()
    (Bank of America)

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We analyse the optimal composition of a committee comprising members that have private information and represent constituencies of different economic sizes. ‘Proportional representation' - i.e. each constituency represented proportionally to its economic weight - seems intuitively appealing, but as we demonstrate, the optimal committee composition is more complex. We show that representation in a committee depends also on (i) the ‘intrinsic' uncertainty of the available data, (ii) constituency's degree of sectoral specialization, and (iii) the extent to which economic developments are correlated between constituencies.

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Volume (Year): 32 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 510-517

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Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-11-00135

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Keywords: optimal composition of a committee; information uncertainty; regional representation; EMU enlargement; monetary institutions;

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  1. Piotr Stanek, 2004. "How to assess proposals for enlargement reform of the European Central Bank," Revue de l'OFCE, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 91(5), pages 209-239.
  2. Berger, Helge, 2005. "Optimal central bank design: benchmarks for the ECB," Discussion Papers 2005/27, Free University Berlin, School of Business & Economics.
  3. Helge Berger & Till Mueller, 2007. "How should large and small countries be represented in a currency union?," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 132(3), pages 471-484, September.
  4. Helge Berger, 2006. "Unfinished business? The ECB reform ahead of euro area enlargement," CESifo Forum, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 7(4), pages 35-41, December.

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