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Fifty Shades of QE: Conflicts of Interest in Economic Research

Brian Fabo, Martina Jancokova (), Elisabeth Kempf and Lubos Pastor
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Martina Jancokova: European Central Bank
Elisabeth Kempf: Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

No WP 5/2020, Working and Discussion Papers from Research Department, National Bank of Slovakia

Abstract: Central banks sometimes evaluate their own policies. To assess the inherent conflict of interest, we compare the research findings of central bank researchers and academic economists regarding the macroeconomic effects of quantitative easing (QE). We find that central bank papers report larger effects of QE on output and inflation. Central bankers are also more likely to report significant effects of QE on output and to use more positive language in the abstract. Central bankers who report larger QE effects on output experience more favorable career outcomes. A survey of central banks reveals substantial involvement of bank management in research production.

JEL-codes: A11 E52 E58 G28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 63 pages
Date: 2020-10
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-mac, nep-mon, nep-ore and nep-sog
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