Trust in the Monetary Authority

SAFE Working Paper No. 14

48 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2013 Last revised: 18 Jul 2013

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Dirk Bursian

Deutsche Bundesbank

Ester Faia

Goethe University Frankfurt; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: July 1, 2013


Trust in policy makers fluctuates significantly over the cycle and affects the transmission mechanism. Despite this it is absent from the literature. We build a monetary model embedding trust cycles; the latter emerge as an equilibrium phenomenon of a game-theoretic interaction between atomistic agents and the monetary authority. Trust affects agents' stochastic discount factors, namely the price of future risk, and through this it interacts with the monetary transmission mechanism. Using data from the Eurobarometer surveys we analyze the link between trust and the transmission mechanism of macro and monetary shocks: empirical results are in line with theoretical ones.

Keywords: trust evolutionary games, risk perception, monetary transmission mechanism

JEL Classification: E0, E5

Suggested Citation

Bursian, Dirk and Faia, Ester, Trust in the Monetary Authority (July 1, 2013). SAFE Working Paper No. 14, Available at SSRN: or

Dirk Bursian

Deutsche Bundesbank ( email )

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Ester Faia (Contact Author)

Goethe University Frankfurt ( email )

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Frankfurt am Main, 60323

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

United Kingdom

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