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The Anti Inflationary Influence of Corporatist Structures and Central Bank Independence: The Importance of the Hump Shaped Hypothesis

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  • Al-Marhubi, Fahim
  • Willett, Thomas D
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    Many studies have found strong negative correlations between central bank independence and inflation but the casual significance of this relationship is often challenged. The authors find that the negative relationship remains even when a number of other explanatory variables are considered. Special attention is given to the role of corporatism. Following L. Calmfors and J. Driffill (1988) it is argued that both high and low levels of centralization should be associated with lower inflation. The authors present empirical support for this hump-shaped hypothesis and find that the inclusion of corporatism does not diminish the significance of central bank independence. Copyright 1995 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Public Choice.

    Volume (Year): 84 (1995)
    Issue (Month): 1-2 (July)
    Pages: 153-62

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:84:y:1995:i:1-2:p:153-62

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    1. Hein, Eckhard, 2001. "Institutions and macroeconomic performance: Central bank independence, labour market institutions and the perspectives for inflation and employment in the European Monetary Union," WSI Discussion Papers 95, Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliches Institut (WSI), Hans-Böckler-Stiftung.
    2. Daniels, Joseph P. & Nourzad, Farrokh & VanHoose, David D., 2006. "Openness, centralized wage bargaining, and inflation," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 22(4), pages 969-988, December.
    3. Robert Franzese, 2001. "Strategic Interactions of Monetary Policymakers and Wage/Price Bargainers: A Review with Implications for the European Common-Currency Area," Empirica, Springer, vol. 28(4), pages 457-486, December.
    4. Moser, Peter, 1999. "Checks and balances, and the supply of central bank independence," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 43(8), pages 1569-1593, August.
    5. Hein, Eckhard, 1999. "Zentralbank-Politik und makroökonomische Ergebnisse: eine sozio-institutionelle Interpretation
      [Central Bank Policies and Macroeconomic Results: A Socio-institutional Interpretation]
      ," MPRA Paper 18881, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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