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Is Monetary Policy Too Complex for the Public? Evidence from the UK

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  • Adriel Jost

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Central banks have increased their engagement in the information and education of the broad public. But what can be said about the nonprofessional’s knowledge of monetary policy and central banking? Based on the Bank of England’s Inflation Attitudes Survey, I construct a score to capture the central banking knowledge of the respondents. I show that the average British person displays limited knowledge of central banking. At the same time, the data reveal that satisfaction with the Bank of England’s policies increases with a better understanding of monetary policy.

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  • Adriel Jost, 2017. "Is Monetary Policy Too Complex for the Public? Evidence from the UK," Working Papers 2017-15, Swiss National Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:snb:snbwpa:2017-15
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    1. Jonas Meuli & Thomas Nellen & Thomas Nitschka, 2016. "Securitisation, loan growth and bank funding: the Swiss experience since 1932," Working Papers 2016-18, Swiss National Bank.
    2. Angela Hung & Joanne Yoong & Elizabeth Brown, 2012. "Empowering Women Through Financial Awareness and Education," OECD Working Papers on Finance, Insurance and Private Pensions 14, OECD Publishing.
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    1. Bholat, David & Broughton, Nida & Parker, Alice & Ter Meer, Janna & Walczak, Eryk, 2018. "Enhancing central bank communications with behavioural insights," Bank of England working papers 750, Bank of England.

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    Keywords

    Economic literacy; Monetary policy; Bank of England;

    JEL classification:

    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education

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