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Precommitment by central bank independence

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The paper addresses the issue of central bank independence. The central argument is that government can precommit to the objective of price stability by providing a constitutional status of independence to the central bank. A sufficient set of institutional elements and the problem of incentive compatibility are discussed. It is argued that the solution is superior to a constitutional money rule as no rule can take adequately into account trend changes in output or velocity. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991

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  • Manfred Neumann, 1991. "Precommitment by central bank independence," Open Economies Review, Springer, vol. 2(2), pages 95-112, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:openec:v:2:y:1991:i:2:p:95-112
    DOI: 10.1007/BF01886895
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    central bank; precommitment; rules; price stability; EMU;

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