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Central Bank Independence and the Lessons for Transition Economies from Developed and Developing Countries

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There is nowadays a wide consensus among economists that central banks should be independent. The substantiation of this claim was derived from the modern theory of monetary policy and from empirical experiences with central bank independence, both concentrated on developed industrial countries. This paper analyzes the question of the lessons that might be drawn from this for transition countries. The main result is: as long as central bank independence is only “legal”, i.e. only exists on paper, as still in many transition countries, there is a danger that it will not only be ineffective but even counterproductive. Further institutional supplements are necessary.

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  • Helmut Wagner, 1999. "Central Bank Independence and the Lessons for Transition Economies from Developed and Developing Countries," Comparative Economic Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Association for Comparative Economic Studies, vol. 41(4), pages 1-22, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:compes:v:41:y:1999:i:4:p:1-22
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    1. Kanybek Nur-tegin, 2007. "Do Transition Economies and Developing Countries Have Similar Destinies?," Atlantic Economic Journal, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 35(3), pages 327-342, September.
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    3. Ichiro Iwasaki & Akira Uegaki, 2017. "Central Bank Independence and Inflation in Transition Economies: A Comparative Meta-Analysis with Developed and Developing Economies," Eastern European Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 55(3), pages 197-235, May.
    4. Feist, Holger, 2001. "The Enlargement of the European Union and the Redistribution of Seigniorage Wealth," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 54(4), pages 533-546.
    5. Holger Feist, 2001. "The Enlargement of the European Union and the Redistribution of Seigniorage Wealth," CESifo Working Paper Series 408, CESifo Group Munich.
    6. Feist, Holger, 2001. "The Enlargement of the European Union and the Redistribution of Seigniorage Wealth," Discussion Papers in Economics 16, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
    7. Helmut Wagner, 2007. "Information and Uncertainty in the Theory of Monetary Policy," SUERF Studies, SUERF - The European Money and Finance Forum, number 2007/1 edited by Morten Balling.
    8. Helmut Wagner, 2005. "Globalization and financial instability: Challenges for exchange rate and monetary policy," International Journal of Social Economics, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 32(7), pages 616-638, July.
    9. Helmut Wagner, 2001. "Implications of Globalization for Monetary Policy," IMF Working Papers 01/184, International Monetary Fund.

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