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Why Do Politicians Implement Central Bank Independence Reforms?

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  • Daunfeldt, Sven-Olov

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    (The Swedish Retail Institute (HUI))

  • Hellström, Jörgen

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    (Department of Economics)

  • Landström, Mats

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    (Department of Economics)

Abstract

It is something of a puzzle that politicians around the world have chosen to give up power to independent central banks, thereby reducing their possibilities to fine-tune the economy. In this paper the determinants of central bank independence (CBI) reforms are studied using a new data set on the possible event of such reforms in 119 countries. According to the data, as much as 81 countries had implemented CBI-reforms during the study period. The results indicate, moreover, that policymakers are more likely to delegate power to independent central banks when the foreign debt is relatively high. In non-OECD countries, the likelihood of a CBI-reform also seems to increase when policymakers face a high probability of getting replaced.

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Paper provided by HUI Research in its series HUI Working Papers with number 13.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 29 Feb 2008
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:huiwps:0013

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  1. Berggren, Niclas & Daunfeldt, Sven-Olof & Hellström, Jörgen, 2012. "Social Trust and Central-Bank Independence," Working Paper Series 920, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
  2. Daunfeldt, Sve-Olov & Landström, Mats & Rudholm, Niklas, 2013. "Are Central Bank Independence Reforms Necessary for Achieving Low and Stable Inflation?," UmeÃ¥ Economic Studies 863, Umeå University, Department of Economics.
  3. Dumitriu, Ramona & Stefanescu, Răzvan, 2013. "Decizii strategice ale politicii monetare
    [Strategic decisions of the Monetary Policy]
    ," MPRA Paper 51242, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 05 Nov 2013.

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