Adaptation and Central Banking

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Alexander William Salter

Texas Tech University - Rawls College of Business; American Institute for Economic Research

William J. Luther

Florida Atlantic University; American Institute for Economic Research

Date Written: March 8, 2018

Abstract

What governs central bank decisions? Most considerations focus on motivations. Instead, we consider the extent to which specific behaviors have adaptive value in the context of central banking. From this perspective, poor decisions are not the product of poor motivations. They are, instead, a product of the poor institutions within which central bank decision makers operate.

Keywords: Adaptation, Bailout, Central Bank, Motivation, Seigniorage, Selection, Research

JEL Classification: E31, E42, E52, E58

Suggested Citation

Salter, Alexander William and Luther, William J., Adaptation and Central Banking (March 8, 2018). AIER Sound Money Project Working Paper No. 2018-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3013389 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3013389

Alexander William Salter (Contact Author)

Texas Tech University - Rawls College of Business ( email )

Lubbock, TX 79409
United States

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American Institute for Economic Research

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William J. Luther

Florida Atlantic University ( email )

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Boca Raton, FL 33431
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.wluther.com

American Institute for Economic Research ( email )

PO Box 1000
Great Barrington, MA 01230
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.aier.org/staff/william-j-luther

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