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Measures of Central Bank Autonomy: Empirical Evidence for OECD, Developing, and Emerging Market Economies

Jean-François Segalotto, Marco Arnone and Bernard Laurens

No 2006/228, IMF Working Papers from International Monetary Fund

Abstract: This paper presents an update of the Grilli-Masciandaro-Tabellini (GMT) index of central bank (CB) autonomy, based on CB legislation as of end-2003. The index is applied to a set of OECD and developing countries, and emerging market economies. For a smaller set of countries, the paper presents a reconstruction of the GMT index based on Cukierman (1992) and assesses changes in CB autonomy between 1992 and 2003. The results point to a significant increase in CB autonomy, in particular for developing countries. In most cases, this improvement has involved a three-stage process: an initial stage in which the political foundations for CB autonomy are laid; a second stage in which operational autonomy develops; and a final stage in which CBs gain further political autonomy in terms of policy formulation and the appointment of senior management.

Keywords: WP; OECD country; autonomy; central bank; country; developing country; Central bank autonomy; political autonomy; economic autonomy; CB autonomy; autonomy measure; GMT indicator; policy autonomy; instrument autonomy; OECD-member country; OECD countries' performance; lending to the government; GMT methodology; Emerging and frontier financial markets; Central bank legislation; Legal support in revenue administration; Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 38
Date: 2006-10-01
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