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Central bank credibility

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  • Paul Gomme

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Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced he would crack down on steroid use in baseball, hoping to stop players from doping. He was forced to discipline stars like Rafael Palmeiro, possibly hurting the game immediately, in order to develop a reputation for being tough on steroids. The Federal Reserve System has worked hard over the past few decades not only to lower inflation and keep it low, but also to convince the public that it is dedicated to delivering low inflation over the long haul. This Commentary explains why credibility is so important to monetary policymakers.

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  • Paul Gomme, 2006. "Central bank credibility," Economic Commentary, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, issue Aug.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedcec:y:2006:i:aug1
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