The Discursive Dilemma in Monetary Policy

32 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2014

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Carl Andreas Claussen

Sveriges Riksbank

Øistein Røisland

Norges Bank - Department of Economics

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Date Written: July 2014


The discursive dilemma implies that the decision of a board depends on whether the board votes directly on the decision (conclusion‐based procedure) or votes on the premises for the decision (premise‐based procedure). We derive results showing when the discursive dilemma might occur. Under majority voting, a discursive dilemma can occur either (i) if the relationship between the premise and the decision is non‐monotonic, or (ii) if the board members have different judgments on at least two of the premises. Normatively, a premise‐based procedure tends to give better decisions when there is disagreement on parameters of the model.

Keywords: Discursive dilemma, monetary policy, monetary policy committee, policy boards

JEL Classification: D71, E52, E58

Suggested Citation

Claussen, Carl Andreas and Røisland, Øistein, The Discursive Dilemma in Monetary Policy (July 2014). The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 116, Issue 3, pp. 702-733, 2014, Available at SSRN: or

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