Any Link Between Legal Central Bank Independence and Inflation? Evidence from Latin America and the Caribbean

This paper reviews central bank legislation in 24 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean during the 1990s. Using panel regressions, we find a negative relationship between legal central bank independence (CBI) and inflation. This result holds for three alternative measures of CBI and after con...

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Main Author: Jacome, Luis Ignacio
Other Authors: Vazquez, Francisco F.
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Washington, D.C. International Monetary Fund 2005, 2005
Series:IMF Working Papers; Working Paper
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Collection: International Monetary Fund - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Summary:This paper reviews central bank legislation in 24 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean during the 1990s. Using panel regressions, we find a negative relationship between legal central bank independence (CBI) and inflation. This result holds for three alternative measures of CBI and after controlling for international inflation, banking crises, and exchange regimes. The result is also robust to the inclusion of a broader indicator of structural reforms that usually go along with changes in central bank legislation, illustrating the complementary nature of various aspects of economic reform. The paper fails, however, to find a causal relationship running from CBI to inflation
Physical Description:41 p.
ISBN:1451860943
9781451860948