Inflation in Developing Countries: Does Central Bank Independence Matter?

18 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2001

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Jan-Egbert Sturm

KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Jakob de Haan

University of Groningen - Faculty of Economics and Business; De Nederlandsche Bank; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: June 2001

Abstract

We analyse whether central bank independence (CBI) affects inflation in developing countries. For this purpose we have constructed a new data set for the turnover rate (TOR) of central bank governors for a very large sample of countries, which also covers the 1990s. We find that once various control variables are included, the CBI proxy is often not significant. We also conclude that in those regressions in which the CBI proxy is significant, the coefficient of the TOR becomes significant only after high inflation countries are added to the sample.

Keywords: Inflation, Central Bank Independence

JEL Classification: E58, E52

Suggested Citation

Sturm, Jan-Egbert and de Haan, Jakob and de Haan, Jakob, Inflation in Developing Countries: Does Central Bank Independence Matter? (June 2001). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=277288 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.277288

Jan-Egbert Sturm (Contact Author)

KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich ( email )

Zurich
Switzerland

HOME PAGE: http://www.kof.ethz.ch

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Munich, 81679
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.cesifo.de

Jakob De Haan

De Nederlandsche Bank ( email )

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University of Groningen - Faculty of Economics and Business ( email )

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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Munich, DE-81679
Germany

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