Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/4070
Authors: 
Erhart, Szilárd
Lehment, Harmen
Vasquez-Paz, Jose Luis
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
Kiel Working Paper 1377
Abstract: 
Previous research on the optimal size of a monetary policy committee (MPC) focused on theoretical analyses and experimental studies. These studies suggest that the ideal monetary policy committee may not have many more than five members. In this paper we conduct an empirical cross-country study to explore whether there is a link between the size of an MPC and inflation volatility. The analysis for 75 countries which have adopted MPCs provides some support for the above suggestion: countries with less than five MPC members tend to have larger deviations from trend inflation than MPCs with five members; raising the number of MPC members above five does not contribute to a further reduction in volatility.
Subjects: 
Inflation Volatility
Monetary Policy Committee
JEL: 
E31
E42
E58
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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