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Central Bank Independence and Inflation: The case of Greece

This paper investigates the argument for Central Bank Independence (CBI) in the case of Greece. Using a time series approach and the last data available before Greece joined the EMU, the hypothesis that central bank independence is important for controlling inflation is examined. Employing two indices, which serve as proxies for CBI, LegalCBI and TOR, the inverse relationship between CBI and inflation was confirmed. The interactions between the variability of inflation and CBI were also investigated. Furthermore, evidence was found to suggest that the rate of turnover Granger causes inflation.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Loughborough University in its series Discussion Paper Series with number 2005_7.

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Date of creation: Jul 2005
Date of revision: Jul 2005
Handle: RePEc:lbo:lbowps:2005_7
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