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UK policy coordination: the importance of institutional design

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  • Ashok Bhundia
  • Gus O'Donnell
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    This paper considers the principles that underpin the design of the UK's macroeconomic framework, with particular emphasis on the importance of good institutional design in ensuring effective coordination of monetary and fiscal policy when an independent Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee has operational responsibility for setting interest rates. The theoretical literature on policy coordination finds that the cost of central bank independence is less monetary- fiscal coordination. We argue that once account is taken of the institutional arrangements, this conclusion does not hold for the UK. In fact, the UK macroeconomic policy framework represents a significant improvement in policy coordination through mechanisms that allow for greater transparency and accountability in policy-making. Among the measures discussed in the paper is the role of the Treasury Representative on the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee.

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    Article provided by Institute for Fiscal Studies in its journal Fiscal Studies.

    Volume (Year): 23 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 135-164

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    Handle: RePEc:ifs:fistud:v:23:y:2002:i:1:p:135-164

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    Cited by:
    1. Renee Philip & John Janssen, 2002. "Indicators of Fiscal Impulse for New Zealand," Treasury Working Paper Series 02/30, New Zealand Treasury.

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