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Central banks and information provided to the private sector

  • Giovanni Di Bartolomeo


    (Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza", Facoltà di Economia, Dipartimento di Economia Pubblica, Roma (Italy))

  • Enrico Marchetti


    (Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza", Facoltà di Economia, Dipartimento di Economia Pubblica, Roma (Italy))

This paper examines the information provided to the private sector by centralbanks. By using the principal component analysis, we investigated the variance of the procedural rules followed by nine major central banks about informationtreatments. We investigate problems related to the information coming from thecentral banks by focusing on the quantity and quality perspectives and highlight the methodological complexity of the investigation. We find that a synthetic quantitative index of transparency is not enough to represent the phenomenon since it can result misleading in understanding the behavior of institutionally different central banksassociated with the same index values.

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Article provided by Banca Nazionale del Lavoro in its journal Banca Nazionale del Lavoro Quarterly Review.

Volume (Year): 57 (2004)
Issue (Month): 230 ()
Pages: 265-295

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Handle: RePEc:psl:bnlqrr:2004:32
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