Central bank communication and monetary policy: A survey of theory and evidence

Alan S. Blinder, Michael Ehrmann, Marcel Fratzscher, Jakob De Haan, David Jan Jansen

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Over the last two decades, communication has become an increasingly important aspect of monetary policy. These real-world developments have spawned a huge new scholarly literature on central bank communication - mostly empirical, and almost all of it written in this decade. We survey this ever-growing literature. The evidence suggests that communication can be an important and powerful part of the central bank's toolkit since it has the ability to move financial markets, to enhance the predictability of monetary policy decisions, and potentially to help achieve central banks' macroeconomic objectives. However, the large variation in communication strategies across central banks suggests that a consensus has yet to emerge on what constitutes an optimal communication strategy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)910-945
Number of pages36
JournalJournal of Economic Literature
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics


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