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A case for money in the ECB monetary policy strategy


  • Löchel, Horst
  • Polleit, Thorsten


One major outcome of the review of the ECB's 'two pillar monetary policy strategy', which was published on 8 May 2003, has been the de facto downgrading of the hitherto prominent role assigned to the stock of money. According to the authors' judgement, however, there is a strong theoretical and empirical rationale for the ECB monetary policy to pay close attention to the information content of money in the form of M3. However, the authors argue the ECB should make use of the so-called 'price gap' or 'real money gap' concept rather than the reference value as the latter runs the risk of giving misleading policy recommendations and compromising the indicator quality of the stock of money. Making use of M3 seems all the more rational as currently no better inflation indicator appears to exist in providing inflation forecasts in the euro area.

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  • Löchel, Horst & Polleit, Thorsten, 2005. "A case for money in the ECB monetary policy strategy," Frankfurt School - Working Paper Series 61, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:fsfmwp:61

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    1. Anders, Dietmar & Binder, Andreas & Hesdahl, Ralf & Schalast, Christoph & Thöne, Thomas, 2004. "Aktuelle Fragen des Bank- und Kapitalmarktrechts I: Non-Performing-Loans/Faule Kredite - Handel, Work-Out, Outsourcing und Securitisation," Frankfurt School - Working Paper Series 54, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.
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    P-star; real money gap; excess liquidity; ECB;

    JEL classification:

    • E41 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Demand for Money
    • E51 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Money Supply; Credit; Money Multipliers
    • E61 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Policy Objectives; Policy Designs and Consistency; Policy Coordination


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