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Central bank accountability and independence: Are they inconsistent?

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The language of discretion offers little information about monetary policy beyond the assurance that policymakers always “do the right thing at the right time”. This language renders problematic the reconciliation of central bank independence with accountability. Monetary policymakers should articulate an analytical framework using the language of economics that allows them to respond to the question, “What variables does the central bank control and how does it exercise that control”.

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  • Hetzel, Robert L., 2012. "Central bank accountability and independence: Are they inconsistent?," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 34(3), pages 616-625.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jmacro:v:34:y:2012:i:3:p:616-625
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jmacro.2012.02.010
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    1. Steven Ambler, 2014. "Price-Level Targeting: A Post-Mortem?," C.D. Howe Institute Commentary, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 400, February.

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    Keywords

    Central bank; Monetary policy; Political economy of money; Federal Reserve System;

    JEL classification:

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

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