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How Central Bankers See It: The First Decade of ECB Policy and Beyond

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  • Stephen G. Cecchetti
  • Kermit L. Schoenholtz

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In this history of the first decade of ECB policy, we also discuss key challenges for the next decade. Beyond the ECB's track record and an array of published critiques, our analysis relies on unique source material: extensive interviews with current and former ECB leaders and with other policymakers and scholars who viewed the evolution of the ECB from privileged vantage points. We share the assessment of our interviewees that the ECB has enjoyed many more successes than disappointments. These successes reflect both the ECB's design and implementation. Looking forward, we highlight the unique challenges posed by enlargement and, especially, by the euro area's complex arrangements for guarding financial stability. In the latter case, the key issues are coordination in a crisis and harmonization of procedures. As several interviewees suggested, in the absence of a new organizational structure for securing financial stability, the current one will need to function as if it were a single entity.

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  • Stephen G. Cecchetti & Kermit L. Schoenholtz, 2008. "How Central Bankers See It: The First Decade of ECB Policy and Beyond," NBER Working Papers 14489, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    1. Coordinating financial stability in EU and price stability in Germany
      by Amol Agrawal in Mostly Economics on 2008-12-24 18:35:34
    2. ECB and Fed: Separated at Birth?
      by Steve Cecchetti and Kim Schoenholtz in Money, Banking and Financial Markets on 2014-09-22 17:24:16
    3. The Map is the Message: Regional Feds versus Euro-area NCBs
      by Steve Cecchetti and Kim Schoenholtz in Money, Banking and Financial Markets on 2016-04-18 17:15:44

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    1. Jakob de Haan & David-Jan Jansen, 2009. "The communication policy of the European Central Bank: An overview of the first decade," DNB Working Papers 212, Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department.
    2. Singleton,John, 2010. "Central Banking in the Twentieth Century," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521899093, October.

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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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