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An evaluation of private forecasts of interest rate targets in Brazil

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  • Baghestani, Hamid
  • Marchon, Cassia
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    This study shows that the private sector accurately predicts short-term interest rate targets set by the Brazilian monetary authorities. With increased transparency under inflation targeting, such evidence suggests that the public perceives the central bank as credible.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

    Volume (Year): 115 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 352-355

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:115:y:2012:i:3:p:352-355

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    Keywords: Monetary policy; Credibility; Inflation targeting; Emerging market economies; Selic;

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