DP14265 The 3 E's of Central Bank Communication with the Public

Author(s): Andrew Haldane, Alistair Macaulay, Michael McMahon
Publication Date: January 2020
Keyword(s): communication, General Public, monetary policy
JEL(s): E52, E58
Programme Areas: Monetary Economics and Fluctuations
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In this paper we explore both theoretical and empirical evidence on communication with the general public. The model provides guidance for policy makers by high- lighting some potentially important risks in communicating simply with a broader audience. In particular, in a model where trust and engagement are low, there are benefits to engaging a wider audience. But doing so risks ultimately lowering welfare unless guided by the 3 E's of public communication: Explanation, Engagement and Education. Central banks have made great strides in all three, but numerous challenges remain.