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Monetary Policy Transparency in the UK: The Impact of Independence and Inflation Targeting

  • Iris Biefang-Frisancho Mariscal
  • Peter Howells

There is a widespread belief that the transparency of UK monetary policy has increased substantially as a result of the introduction of inflation targeting in 1992 and a number of procedural and institutional reforms which accompanied and followed it. Here, money market responses (and other data) are used to test the possibility that improved anticipation of policy moves may be the result of developments other than the institutional reforms popularly cited. We find overwhelming evidence that the switch to inflation targeting itself significantly reduced monetary policy surprises, while subsequent reforms have contributed little. Where we advance substantially on earlier work is to look at the cross-sectional dispersion of agents' anticipation. If the benefit of transparency is the elimination of policy surprise, there is little benefit if the averagely correct anticipations of agents conceal a wide dispersion of view.

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Volume (Year): 21 (2007)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
Pages: 603-617

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Handle: RePEc:taf:irapec:v:21:y:2007:i:5:p:603-617
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