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How Much Does the Public Know about the ECB’s Monetary Policy? Evidence from a Survey of Dutch Households

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  • Carin van der Cruijsen

    (De Nederlandsche Bank)

  • David-Jan Jansen

    (De Nederlandsche Bank)

  • Jakob de Haan

    (De Nederlandsche Bank, University of Groningen, CESifo)

Abstract

Does the general public know what central banks do? Is this knowledge relevant? Based on a survey of Dutch households, we find that knowledge about the European Central Bank’s objectives is far from perfect. A weak desire to be informed and unawareness among respondents about their limited knowledge are barriers for improving general understanding of monetary policy. However, our results also show that more intensive use of information improves respondents’ understanding of the ECB, suggesting that communication may improve general knowledge. Finally, we find that knowledge about monetary policy objectives contributes to an individual’s ability to form inflation expectations.

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  • Carin van der Cruijsen & David-Jan Jansen & Jakob de Haan, 2015. "How Much Does the Public Know about the ECB’s Monetary Policy? Evidence from a Survey of Dutch Households," International Journal of Central Banking, International Journal of Central Banking, vol. 11(4), pages 169-218, December.
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    JEL classification:

    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • D84 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Expectations; Speculations
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies

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