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Central Bank Forecasts as a Coordination Device: Evidence from the Czech Republic

  • Jan Filáček

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    (Czech National Bank, Monetary and Statistics Department, Prague, Czech Republic)

  • Branislav Saxa

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    (Czech National Bank, Monetary and Statistics Department, Prague, Czech Republic)

Do private analysts coordinate their forecasts via central bank forecasts? In this paper, we examine private and central bank forecasts for the Czech Republic. The evolution of the standard deviation of private forecasts as well as the distance from the central bank’s forecasts are used to study whether a coordination effect exists, how it is influenced by uncertainty, and the effects of changes in central bank communication. The results suggest that private analysts coordinate their forecasts for the interest rate and inflation, while no or limited evidence exists for the exchange rate and GDP growth.

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Article provided by Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Economic Studies in its journal Czech Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 6 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 (October)
Pages: 244-264

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