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Central bank transparency and private information in a dynamic macroeconomic model

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  • Pearlman, Joseph G.

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We investigate the role of economic transparency within the framework of one of Townsend’s models of ‘forecasting the forecasts of others’. The equilibrium has the property that ‘higher order beliefs’ are coordinated into a finite-dimensional setup that is amenable to address monetary policy issues. We focus here on the role of public information about the money supply, and find that it should be fully revealing. JEL Classification: D82, E58

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Keywords: Asymmetric information; central banks; public information; transparency;

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  1. Carin van der Cruijsen & Sylvester Eijffinger, 2007. "The economic impact of central bank transparency: a survey," DNB Working Papers 132, Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department.

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