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A Theory of Central Bank Accountability

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  • Eijffinger, S.C.W.

    (Tilburg University, Center For Economic Research)

  • Hoeberichts, M.M.

    (Tilburg University, Center For Economic Research)

  • Schaling, E.

Abstract

In this paper we investigate central bank accountability by looking at the effect of transparency in a simple monetary policy game with an overriding mechanism. Monetary policy is transparent if there is little uncertainty about the central banker's preferences for inflation stabilization relative to output stabilization. Transparency enhances the central bank's accountability. The paper shows that transparency leads to a lower expected rate of inflation and less stabilization of supply shocks.
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  • Eijffinger, S.C.W. & Hoeberichts, M.M. & Schaling, E., 1998. "A Theory of Central Bank Accountability," Discussion Paper 1998-103, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:tiu:tiucen:5741a56f-3a69-41f4-b9fb-46107db2784f
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    Keywords

    monetary policy; central banks; transparency; accountability;
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    JEL classification:

    • 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

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