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Central Bank Independence and Macro-Prudential Regulation

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  • Fabian Valencia
  • Kenichi Ueda

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We consider the optimality of various institutional arrangements for agencies that conduct macro-prudential regulation and monetary policy. When a central bank is in charge of price and financial stability, a new time inconsistency problem may arise. Ex-ante, the central bank chooses the socially optimal level of inflation. Ex-post, however, the central bank chooses inflation above the social optimum to reduce the real value of private debt. This inefficient outcome arises when macro-prudential policies cannot be adjusted as frequently as monetary. Importantly, this result arises even when the central bank is politically independent. We then consider the role of political pressures in the spirit of Barro and Gordon (1983). We show that if either the macro-prudential regulator or the central bank (or both) are not politically independent, separation of price and financial stability objectives does not deliver the social optimum.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 12/101.

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Length: 27
Date of creation: 01 Apr 2012
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:12/101

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Keywords: Central bank autonomy; Economic models; inflation; monetary policy; central bank; financial stability; independent central bank; price stability; monetary fund; monetary authority; rational expectations; monetary policy decisions; real value; optimal monetary policy; aggregate demand; monetary union; inflationary pressures; independent monetary authority; inflation rate; increase in inflation; high inflation; monetary economy;

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Cited by:
  1. Paolo Angelini & Sergio Nicoletti-Altimari & Ignazio Visco, 2012. "Macroprudential, microprudential and monetary policies: conflicts, complementarities and trade-offs," Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) 140, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
  2. Dalla Pellegrina, L. & Masciandaro, D. & Pansini, R.V., 2013. "The central banker as prudential supervisor: Does independence matter?," Journal of Financial Stability, Elsevier, vol. 9(3), pages 415-427.
  3. Arnone, Marco & Romelli, Davide, 2013. "Dynamic central bank independence indices and inflation rate: A new empirical exploration," Journal of Financial Stability, Elsevier, vol. 9(3), pages 385-398.

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