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The Dynamic Voting Patterns of the Bank of England's MPC

  • Jan Marc Berk
  • Beata Bierut
  • Ellen E. Meade

The literature on the behavior of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has focused on static voting patterns. We find statistical support for a dynamic pattern using a panel reaction function to analyze MPC votes over the 1997-2008 period. We find that internal and external members do not behave differently in their first year on the MPC. In their third year of tenure, internal members prefer higher policy rates, placing a higher weight on price stability and a lower weight on the output gap than external members.

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Paper provided by American University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2010-17.

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