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Trust me! I am a European Central Banker

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  • Bursian, Dirk
  • Fürth, Sven

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In the aftermath of the financial crisis, the ECB has experienced an unprecedented deterioration in the level of trust. This raises the question as to what factors determine trust in central banking. We use a unique cross-country dataset which includes a rich set of socio-economic characteristics and supplement it with variables meant to reflect a country's macroeconomic condition. We find that besides individual socio-economic characteristics, macroeconomic conditions play a crucial role in the trust-building process. Our results suggest that agents are boundedly rational in the trust-building process and that current ECB market operations may even be beneficial for trust in the ECB in the long-run.

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  • Bursian, Dirk & Fürth, Sven, 2013. "Trust me! I am a European Central Banker," SAFE Working Paper Series 31, Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE.
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    Keywords

    Central Banking; European Central Bank; Financial Crisis; Fiscal Crisis; Trust;
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    JEL classification:

    • D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior
    • E5 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • H6 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt

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