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The role of regional information in the optimal composition of a committee

  • Philipp Maier

    (The Netherlands Central Bank)

  • Beata K. Bierut

    (The Netherlands Central Bank)

  • Robert-Paul Berben

    (The Netherlands Central Bank)

In this paper we present a model for the optimal composition of a federal or supra-national committee. The involvement of regional (national) entities in federal committees is typically motivated by their knowledge of regional information about the state of the economy. Using this argument we show that if the uncertainties regarding the state of the economy are not evenly distributed across the currency area, the optimal representation of regions in the federal committee increases with the overall uncertainty about their economic performance. Second, if certain parts of the economic area behave in a relatively synchronized way, it may not be necessary that all these regions are equally represented in the federal committee.

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