Voting Transparency, Conflicting Interests, and the Appointment of Central Bankers

25 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2004

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Hans Gersbach

ETH Zurich - CER-ETH -Center of Economic Reseaarch; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Volker Hahn

University of Konstanz

Abstract

We examine whether the publication of the individual voting records of central-bank council members is socially desirable when the preferences of the central bankers differ. We identify two positive effects of transparency. First, central bankers whose preferences differ from those of society may act in the interest of society in order to increase their re-appointment chances. Second, transparency enhances the efficiency of the appointment process since the government can align the preferences of the central-bank council with those of the public over time. In a monetary union, our findings about the desirability of transparency may be reversed.

Suggested Citation

Gersbach, Hans and Hahn, Volker, Voting Transparency, Conflicting Interests, and the Appointment of Central Bankers. Economics & Politics, Vol. 16, No. 3, pp. 321-345, November 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=611187

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