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The role of regional information in the optimal composition of a committee

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  • Robert-Paul Berben

    () (De Nederlandsche Bank)

  • Beata Bierut

    () (De Nederlandsche Bank)

  • Philipp Maier

    () (Bank of America)

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We analyse the optimal composition of a committee comprising members that have private information and represent constituencies of different economic sizes. ‘Proportional representation' - i.e. each constituency represented proportionally to its economic weight - seems intuitively appealing, but as we demonstrate, the optimal committee composition is more complex. We show that representation in a committee depends also on (i) the ‘intrinsic' uncertainty of the available data, (ii) constituency's degree of sectoral specialization, and (iii) the extent to which economic developments are correlated between constituencies.

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  • Robert-Paul Berben & Beata Bierut & Philipp Maier, 2012. "The role of regional information in the optimal composition of a committee," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 32(1), pages 510-517.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-11-00135
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    1. Helge Berger, 2006. "Optimal central bank design: Benchmarks for the ECB," The Review of International Organizations, Springer, pages 207-235.
    2. Helge Berger & Till Mueller, 2007. "How should large and small countries be represented in a currency union?," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 132(3), pages 471-484, September.
    3. Piotr Stanek, 2004. "How to assess proposals for enlargement reform of the European Central Bank," Revue de l'OFCE, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 91(5), pages 209-239.
    4. Helge Berger, 2006. "Unfinished business? The ECB reform ahead of euro area enlargement," CESifo Forum, Ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 7(4), pages 35-41, December.

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    Keywords

    optimal composition of a committee; information uncertainty; regional representation; EMU enlargement; monetary institutions;

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    • E5 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit

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