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Central Bank Communication and Monetary Policy: A Survey of Theory and Evidence

Alan S. Blinder, Michael Ehrmann, Marcel Fratzscher, Jakob De Haan, David-Jan Jansen

NBER Working Paper No. 13932
Issued in April 2008
NBER Program(s):   ME

Over the last two decades, communication has become an increasingly important aspect of monetary policy. These real-world developments have spawned a huge new scholarly literature on central bank communication -- mostly empirical, and almost all of it written in this decade. We survey this ever-growing literature. The evidence suggests that communication can be an important and powerful part of the central bank's toolkit since it has the ability to move financial markets, to enhance the predictability of monetary policy decisions, and potentially to help achieve central banks' macroeconomic objectives. However, the large variation in communication strategies across central banks suggests that a consensus has yet to emerge on what constitutes an optimal communication strategy.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w13932

Published: Alan S. Blinder & Michael Ehrmann & Marcel Fratzscher & Jakob De Haan & David-Jan Jansen, 2008. "Central Bank Communication and Monetary Policy: A Survey of Theory and Evidence," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 46(4), pages 910-45, December. citation courtesy of

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