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Communication in a monetary policy committee: a note

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  • Jan Marc Berk
  • Beata Bierut

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This paper models monetary policy decisions as being taken by an interacting group of heterogeneous policy makers, organized in a committee. Disclosing the premises on which an individual view on the interest rate is based is likely to provide value added in terms of the quality of the collective decision over-and-above simultaneous voting on interest rates. However, this is not generally true, as communication also involves a trade-off in the quality of views of committee members, which can lead to a reduction in the quality of collective decisions below the outcome achieved under simple majority voting. Still, communication is a relatively effective way to implement the 'knowledge pooling' argument pro-collective decision-making, compared to expanding the size of the MPC.

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Paper provided by Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department in its series DNB Working Papers with number 226.

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Date of creation: Nov 2009
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Handle: RePEc:dnb:dnbwpp:226

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Keywords: committees; deliberations; correlated votes; simple majority voting.;

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