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The Impact of EMU on Inflation Expectations

  • Friedrich Heinemann


  • Katrin Ullrich

This paper analyses the impact of the monetary regime change from the Bundesbank to the ECB on inflation expectations. In the theoretical part, the Barro-Gordon model is used to derive the potential effect of a new central bank on inflation and inflation expectations. The econometric investigation is based on a flexible specification of expectation formation which allows both for rational and adaptive elements. The results indicate that the monetary regime change did not have a strong and lasting impact on the formation of inflation expectations and that the credibility of both central banks is not perceived to differ significantly anymore. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2006

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Volume (Year): 17 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 175-195

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Handle: RePEc:kap:openec:v:17:y:2006:i:2:p:175-195
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