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A non-Normative Theory of Inflation and Central Bank Independence

Berthold Herrendorf () and M.J.M. Neumann

The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) from University of Warwick, Department of Economics

Abstract: We study monetary policy under different central bank constitutions when the labor-market insiders set the nominal wage so that outsiders are involuntarily unemployed. If the insiders are in the majority, the representative insider will be the median voter. We show that an independent central bank, if controlled by the median voter, does not produce a systematic inflation bias, albeit equilibrium employment is too low from a social welfare point of view. A dependent central bank, in contrast, is forced by the government to collect seigniorage and to take the government's re-election prospects into account. The predictions of our theory are consistent with the evidence that central bank independence decreases average inflation and inflation variability, but does not affect employment variability.

Keywords: INFLATION; MONETARY POLICY; CENTRAL BANKS (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E52 E58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 20 pages
Date: 1998
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