Money Talks

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Marie Hoerova

European Central Bank (ECB); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Cyril Monnet

University of Bern

Ted P. Loch-Temzelides

Rice University

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Date Written: December 5, 2011


We study credible information transmission by a benevolent short-lived central bank. We consider two possibilities: direct revelation through an announcement, versus indirect transmission through monetary policy. We show that, in the presence of externalities creating a wedge between private and social welfare, the central bank prefers to mis-report its information in some cases. Private investors then might rationally ignore announcements by the central bank. In contrast, information transmission through changes in the interest rate creates a distortion, thus lending an amount of credibility. This induces private investors to rationally take into account information revealed through monetary policy.

Keywords: Information, Interest rates, Monetary policy

JEL Classification: D80, E40, E52

Suggested Citation

Hoerova, Marie and Monnet, Cyril and Loch-Temzelides, Ted P., Money Talks (December 5, 2011). Economics Letters, Vol. 116, No. 3, pp. 617-621, 2012, Available at SSRN: or

Marie Hoerova (Contact Author)

European Central Bank (ECB) ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

United Kingdom

Cyril Monnet

University of Bern ( email )

Gesellschaftsstrasse 49
Bern, BERN 3001

Ted P. Loch-Temzelides

Rice University ( email )

99 Sunset Blvd
Houston, TX Texas 77005
United States

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