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The European Central Bank : Credibility, Transparency, and Centralization - Jakob de Haan

The European Central Bank

Credibility, Transparency, and Centralization

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The adoption of the euro in 1999 by 11 member states of the European Union created a single currency area second in economic size only to the United States. The euro zone's monetary policy is now set by the European Central Bank (ECB) and its Governing Council rather than by individual national central banks. This CESifo volume examines issues that have arisen in the first years of ECB monetary policy and analyzes the effect that current ECB policy strategy and structures may have in the future.After a detailed description and assessment of ECB monetary policy making that focuses on such issues as price stability and the predictability of policy decisions, the book turns to two important issues faced by European central bankers: the transparency and credibility of decision making and the ECB's decentralized structure. After showing that transparency in decision making enhances credibility, the book discusses the ECB's efforts at openness, its political independence as guaranteed by law, and its ultimate accountability. The book then considers the effects of the decentralized ECB structure, focusing on business cycle synchronization, inflation differentials, and differences in monetary policy transmission in light of the enlargement of the monetary union. The book also discusses options for ECB institutional reforms, including centralization, vote weighting, and cross-border regional banks.

"Padoa-Schioppa, an eminent Central Banker and one of the founding members of the ECB's Board, gives us an excellent insider's view of the history, operations, and functions of the Eurosystem. In addition, and more contentiously, the book advocates more centralization to the ECB -- and away from the constituent banks -- of the central banking functions of payment system management and banking supervision in Euroland, in line with the present centralization of monetary policy."--Charles Goodhart, Financial Markets Group, London School of Economics and Political Science

Series Forwardp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
The ECB: Structure, Strategy, and Policyp. 9
The ECB's Strategy: An Assessmentp. 27
Transparency, Accountability, and Credibility of the ECBp. 83
Centralization or Decentralizationp. 125
New Member Countriesp. 169
Options for Reformp. 213
Conclusionsp. 225
Notesp. 229
Referencesp. 239
Indexp. 261
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ISBN: 9780262042260
ISBN-10: 0262042266
Series: CESifo Book Series
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 15th April 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.5