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Designing the optimal conservativeness of the central bank

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  • Montserrat Ferre

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    (Department of Economics and CREIP, URV)

  • Carolina Manzano

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    (Department of Economics and CREIP, URV)

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We propose an indicator of the degree of conservativeness of an independent central bank and we derive its optimal social value. We show that from a normative perspective, one can either design a central bank that cares about public spending or that it does not -but in the latter case the optimal weight on output stabilization would have to be higher and the central bank would be less conservative in the Rogoff sense.

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Volume (Year): 32 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 1461-1473

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Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-12-00251

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Keywords: Central bank; conservativeness; independence.;

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Cited by:
  1. Ferré Carracedo, Montserrat & Manzano, Carolina, 2013. "Independent Central Banks: Low inflation at no cost?: A model with fiscal policy," Working Papers 2072/222196, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Department of Economics.
  2. Ferré Carracedo, Montserrat & García Fortuny, Judit & Manzano, Carolina, 2013. "The Conservativeness of the Central Bank when Institutional Quality is Poor," Working Papers 2072/222198, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Department of Economics.
  3. Ferré Carracedo, Montserrat & Manzano, Carolina, 2013. "Rational Partisan Theory with fiscal policy and an independent central bank," Working Papers 2072/211881, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Department of Economics.

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