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Volume 57, Issue 11 -12


Monetary-Policy Communication: The Experience of the Swedish Riksbank

Apel, Mikael; Vredin, Anders

Year: 2007   Volume: 57   Issue: 11 -12   Pages: 499-520

Abstract: Over the past ten to fifteen years, central banks have begun to communicate more openly. The article describes the Swedish central bank’s communication experiences in two central areas: the role of real stability in monetary policy, and the interest-rate assumption used as a basis for the economic forecasts. One conclusion is that a higher degree of openness, although desirable, often makes the central bank’s message more complex. The communication may therefore be perceived as less clear during a transitory period. Another conclusion is that how open a central bank chooses to be is not an isolated decision that leaves the bank’s practices unaffected in other respects. The degree of openness is likely to have repercussions on the central bank’s internal analyses and decision-making processes.

JEL classification: E52, E58

Keywords: central-bank communication, monetary policy, transparency


RePEc: http://ideas.repec.org/a/fau/fauart/v57y2007i11-12p499-520.html

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