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Credibility and Flexibility with Monetary Policy Committees

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  • Ilian Mihov

    (INSEAD
    CEPR)

  • Anne Sibert

    (Birkbeck College, University of London
    CEPR)

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We consider independent monetary policy committees as a simple way of attaining relatively low inflation without completely sacrificing an activist role of monetary policy. If central banker¡¦s types are unknown, then for a wide range of parameters an independent monetary policy committee is better than either a mandated zero-inflation rule or discretionary policy conducted by an opportunistic central banker.

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Paper provided by Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research in its series Working Papers with number 232002.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2002
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Handle: RePEc:hkm:wpaper:232002

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  1. H.J. Roelfsema, 2006. "Why are federal central banks more activist?," Working Papers 06-06, Utrecht School of Economics.
  2. Manfred Neumann, 2002. "Transparency in monetary policy," Atlantic Economic Journal, International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 30(4), pages 353-365, December.
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  6. Willem Buiter, 2004. "A Small Corner of Intertemporal Public Finance - New Developments in Monetary Economics: 2 Ghosts, 2 Eccentricities, A Fallacy, A Mirage and A Mythos," NBER Working Papers 10524, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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