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Monetary Policy Transparency and Uncertainty: A Comparison between the Bank of England and the Bundesbank/ECB

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  • Iris Biefang-Frisancho Mariscal

    (School of Economics, University of the West of England)

  • Peter Howells

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    (School of Economics, University of the West of England)

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It is widely believed that institutional arrangements influence the quality of monetary policy outcomes. Judged on its ‘transparency’ characteristics, therefore the Bank of England should do better than the Bundesbank/ECB. We show that this is not confirmed by agents’ ability to anticipate central bank decisions. Furthermore, benefits from transparency should also show in a narrowing of the diversity in cross sectional forecasts. We show that the diversity in interest rate forecasts is no greater under the Bundesbank/ECB than the Bank of England. This suggests that other factors than ‘transparency’ may affect interest rate uncertainty. Increasing difficulty in forecasting inflation appears to play a part in the UK while being less of a problem in Germany.

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Paper provided by Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol in its series Working Papers with number 0508.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2005
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Handle: RePEc:uwe:wpaper:0508

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Keywords: transparency; yield curve; forecasting uncertainty; Bank of England; Bundesbank/ ECB;

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