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Are Central Bank Independence Reforms Necessary for Achieving Low and Stable Inflation?

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  • Daunfeldt, Sven-Olov

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    (HUI Research)

  • Landström, Mats

    (University of Gävle)

  • Rudholm, Niklas

    (HUI Research)

Abstract

Using data on the occurence of central bank independence (CBI) reforms in 131 countries during 1980-2005, we test whether they were important in reducing inflation and maintaining price stability. CBI reforms are found to have reduced inflation on average 3.31% when countries with historically high inflation rates are included. But countries with lower inflation have reduced it without institutional reforms granting central banks more independence, undermining the theoretical time-inconsistency case for CBI. There is furthermore no evidence that CBI reforms have helped reduce inflation variability.

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Paper provided by HUI Research in its series HUI Working Papers with number 95.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: 06 Jul 2013
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:huiwps:0095

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Keywords: inflation; institutional reform; monetary policy; time-inconsistency;

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