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Unemployment Persistence, Central Bank Independence and Inflation Performance in the OECD Countries

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  • Enrique Alberola
  • José M. Marqués
  • Alicia Sanchis

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We test the Barro-Gordon model extended to allow for persistence in unemployment. First, we build an index of central bank independence and measures of persistence, and then we compare them with inflation performance in OECD countries. Our results show, as theory predicts, a robust negative relationship between the degree of independence and the level and variance of inflation.

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  • Enrique Alberola & José M. Marqués & Alicia Sanchis, 1997. "Unemployment Persistence, Central Bank Independence and Inflation Performance in the OECD Countries," Working Papers 9725, Banco de España;Working Papers Homepage.
  • Handle: RePEc:bde:wpaper:9725
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    Keywords

    UNEMPLOYMENT ; CENTRAL BANKS ; INFLATION;

    JEL classification:

    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies

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