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Central bank independence and inflation: a note

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  • Charles T. Carlstrom
  • Timothy S. Fuerst

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We document increased central bank independence within the set of industrialized nations. This increased independence can account for nearly two thirds of the improved inflation performance of these nations over the last two decades.

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  • Charles T. Carlstrom & Timothy S. Fuerst, 2006. "Central bank independence and inflation: a note," Working Papers (Old Series) 0621, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
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    Banks and banking; Central; Inflation (Finance);
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    • E42 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Monetary Sytsems; Standards; Regimes; Government and the Monetary System
    • 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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