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The influence of media use on laymen s monetary policy knowledge in Germany

Edith Neuenkirch and Bernd Hayo ()

VfS Annual Conference 2015 (Muenster): Economic Development - Theory and Policy from Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association

Abstract: We analyse the German citizens knowledge about monetary policy and the European Central Bank (ECB), as well as the public s use of mass communication media to obtain information about the ECB. We employ a unique representative public opinion survey of German households conducted in 2011. We find that a person s own desire to be informed about the ECB together with the use of various media channels to keep informed are decisive for both (i) the own perception of knowledge about the ECB and (ii) the actual level of knowledge. The media-related influence differs with a person s level of education and is stronger for subjective knowledge. Women are less interested and knowledgeable. We conclude that the ECB is well advised to continue its education programmes to convince the public of the importance of monetary policy literacy.

JEL-codes: A20 E52 E58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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