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Central Bank Communication

How should central banks communicate? In his blog, Ben Bernanke makes the case for the US system which has recently been criticized as resulting in “cacophony.” His points are:

  • Public speeches of FOMC participants “are a forum for elaborating and providing evidence for their positions.”
  • “The open airing of policymakers’ opinions and analysis actively engages the public in debates about critical issues.” For example, it may generate a debate in academia which benefits the quality of Fed decisions.
  • “For democratic legitimacy and accountability, the Fed needs to be transparent about how it makes monetary policy decisions. … It should also be reassuring to those who disagree with Fed decisions to know that, more often than not, their point of view is being represented in the Fed’s internal debates.”