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Monetary Policy Committees: Individual and Collective Reputations

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  • Sibert, Anne

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This paper looks at how the reputation of a monetary policy-making committee is jointly determined with the reputations of its individual members. I ask whether individuals have more or less incentive to gain a reputation for being tough on inflation when they are part of a group. I examine the effect of increased transparency - in the form of publishing the votes of individual members - on individuals' incentives to appear hard nosed. I look at how other institutional features of central banks affect the policy making body's incentive to refrain from inflation.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 2328.

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Date of creation: Dec 1999
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:2328

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Keywords: Central Banks; Collective Decision Making; Reputation;

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