DP17826 The Fiscal Consequences of Missing an Inflation Target
The European Central Bank is unique in setting monetary policy for several sovereign states with heterogeneous debt levels and different maturity structures. The monetary-fiscal nexus is central to the functioning of the euro area. We focus on one particular aspect of that nexus, the effect of the reliability of the European Central Bank monetary policy on public finances. We show that when the ECB misses its inflation target this has large heterogeneous fiscal consequences for Euro Area countries. For comparison we estimate the fiscal consequences of persistent misses of their inflation target by the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of England: they are also large.