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Independence Before Conservatism: Transparency, Politics, and Central Bank Design

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  • Andrew Hughes Hallett

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    (Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University)

  • Diana N. Weymark

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    (Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University)

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The problem of monetary policy delegation is formulated as a two-stage game between the government and the central bank. In the first stage the government chooses the institutional design of the central bank. Monetary and fiscal policy are implemented in the second stage. When fiscal policy is taken into account, there is a continuum of combinations of central bank independence and conservatism that produce optimal outcomes. This indeterminacy is resolved by appealing to practical considerations. In particular, it is argued that full central bank independence facilitates the greatest degree of policy transparency and political coherence.

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Paper provided by Vanderbilt University Department of Economics in its series Vanderbilt University Department of Economics Working Papers with number 0202.

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Keywords: Central bank independence; central bank conservatism; monetary policy delegation; transparency; policy coherence;

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