35 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2012 Last revised: 17 Sep 2015
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
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