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Are Central Bank Independence Reforms Necessary for Achieving Low and Stable Inflation?

  • Daunfeldt, Sve-Olov


    (The Swedish Retail Institute (HUI))

  • Landström, Mats


    (Department of Economics, University of Gävle)

  • Rudholm, Niklas


    (Department of Economics)

Using data on the occurrence of central bank independence (CBI) reforms in 131 countries during 1980-2005, we test whether they were important in reducing inflation and maintaining price stability. CBI reforms are found to have reduced inflation on average 3.31% when countries with historically high inflation rates are included. But countries with lower inflation have reduced it without institutional reforms granting central banks more independence, undermining the theoretical time-inconsistency case for CBI. There is furthermore no evidence that CBI reforms have helped reduce inflation variability.

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Paper provided by Umeå University, Department of Economics in its series Umeå Economic Studies with number 863.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: 13 Aug 2013
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:umnees:0863
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