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The trade off between central bank independence and conservativeness

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  • Eijffinger, S.C.W.

    (Tilburg University)

  • Hoeberichts, M.M.

    (Tilburg University)

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This paper introduces a parameter for central bank independence in a monetary policy game with a conservative central banker.It tries to explain the optimal degree of central bank independence and conservativeness by four economic and political determinants, both theoretically and empirically.There appears to be a trade off between central bank independence and conservativeness.Then, by comparing the optimal degree of conservativeness and independence with the actual degree of independence, we want to identify the optimal degree of conservativeness for the countries participating in EMU.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University in its series Open Access publications from Tilburg University with number urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-76576.

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Date of creation: 1998
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Publication status: Published in Oxford Economic Papers (1998) v.50, p.397-411
Handle: RePEc:ner:tilbur:urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-76576

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