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A Theory of Central Bank Accountability

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  • Eijffinger, Sylvester C W
  • Hoeberichts, Marco
  • Schaling, Eric

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In this paper we investigate central bank accountability by looking at the effect of transparency in a simple monetary policy game with an overriding mechanism. Monetary policy is transparent if there is little uncertainty about the central banker's preferences for inflation stabilization relative to output stabilization. Transparency enhances the central bank's accountability. The paper shows that transparency leads to a lower expected rate of inflation and less stabilization of supply shocks.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 2354.

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Date of creation: Jan 2000
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:2354

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Keywords: Accountability; Central Banks; Monetary Policy; Transparency;

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  7. Charles Nolan & Eric Schaling, 1996. "Monetary Policy Uncertainty and Central Bank Accountability," Bank of England working papers 54, Bank of England.
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