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The Federal Reserve as a Bureaucracy: An Examination of Expense-Preference Behavior

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  • Boyes, William J
  • Mounts, William Stewart
  • Sowell, Clifford

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In this paper, the Federal Reserve System is viewed as a bureaucracy with a bureau's incentive to increase expenses beyond the profit maximizing point. Moreover, the bureau consists of divisions, the district banks, that exhibit their own expense-prefer ence behavior. An empirical investigation of labor demand by the Boar d and district banks reported in this paper demonstrates that the Fed eral Reserve has engaged in expense-preference behavior and that the centralization of the monetary authority amplified this type of behav ior. Copyright 1988 by Ohio State University Press.

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  • Boyes, William J & Mounts, William Stewart & Sowell, Clifford, 1988. "The Federal Reserve as a Bureaucracy: An Examination of Expense-Preference Behavior," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 20(2), pages 181-190, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:mcb:jmoncb:v:20:y:1988:i:2:p:181-90
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    1. J.B Crihfield & J.H. Wood, 1995. "Private goals and monetary policy: inflation and resignations from the Federal Reserve Board," Banca Nazionale del Lavoro Quarterly Review, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, vol. 48(195), pages 441-460.
    2. Vaubel, Roland, 1997. "The bureaucratic and partisan behavior of independent central banks: German and international evidence," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 13(2), pages 201-224, May.
    3. J.B Crihfield & J.H. Wood, 1995. "Private goals and monetary policy: inflation and resignations from the Federal Reserve Board," BNL Quarterly Review, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, vol. 48(195), pages 441-460.
    4. Loretta J. Mester, 2003. "Applying efficiency measurement techniques to central banks," Working Papers 03-13, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

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