DP3278 Credibility and Flexibility with Monetary Policy Committees

Author(s): Ilian Mihov, Anne Sibert
Publication Date: March 2002
Keyword(s): inflationary bias, monetary policy committee, output stabilization, reputation
JEL(s): E42, E52, E58
Programme Areas: International Macroeconomics
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We consider independent monetary policy committees as a simple way of attaining relatively low inflation without completely sacrificing the stabilization role of monetary policy. If central banker's types are unknown, then for a wide range of parameters an independent monetary policy committee is better than either a mandated zero-inflation rule or discretionary policy conducted by an opportunistic central banker.