Tag Archives: central banking

Rethinking Central Bank Independence

by Vadym Syrota* Nowadays global economy faces a slightly controversial type of crisis: despite looming economic recession, states, business and households find themselves in the environment of, what The Economist called, “free money”. Central banks are to be credited for … Continue reading

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Is the United States the Champion of Global Finance or its Victim? A New Look at the Fed’s Low-inflation Policy

By Arie Krampf* My article “Monetary Power Reconsidered: The Struggle between the Bundesbank and the Fed over Monetary Leadership”, recently published in International Studies Quarterly, contributes to the burgeoning literature that challenges the US-hegemony hypothesis in the global financial sub-order. It … Continue reading

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Democratizing Finance: Reducing Inequalities of Income, Wealth and Power

Politics & Society has just published a thought-provoking special issue titled “Democratizing Finance”. This interesting collection of papers resulted from a workshop organized in July 2018 by the late Erik Olin Wright as part of his inspiring Real Utopias Project. This … Continue reading

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Central Banks, Technocratic Power, and the Fear of Democracy

Jacqueline Best has an interesting new article that starts with catchy and provocative analogy and then presents thought-provoking discussion and arguments: “What do border guards and central bankers have in common? Both operate, on a day-to-day basis, in political spaces exempt … Continue reading

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The Art of Central Banking (3) — No working theory of inflation and economists’ instinctual attachment to concepts

Daniel K. Tarullo, a former member of the Board of Governors of the United States Federal Reserve, draws two sharp and sound, yet unsurprising, conclusions from his eight-year (2009-2017) service:  “The substantive point is that we do not, at present, have a … Continue reading

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The Art of Central Banking (2)

“The role of a central bank governor has a lot in common with that of a musical conductor, who leads people from different disciplines to create beautiful harmonies that add up to masterful symphonies. Of course, there were times we … Continue reading

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The Art of Central Banking

– “How does the central bank decide on interest rate? By taking all the data together and using a formula?” – “This is art, not science.” (The Governor of the Central Bank of Israel Karnit Flug reveals the secret of monetarism … Continue reading

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Princes of the Yen and the Japanese Shock Doctrine

“It is better for the Bank of Japan not to attract attention and remain as quit as the forest in a rural shrine.” – Hisato Ichimada, the 18th Governor of the Bank of Japan, 1946-1954 (Werner 2003: 70) “Thanks to this … Continue reading

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Why and when do governments appoint economists and economics-trained politicians?

Should policymakers – politicians and high-level state officials – be experts in their fields? Does professional competence effect public policies at all? And does it prove itself? These, undoubtedly, important issues to be discussed and researched. But in order to … Continue reading

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Why the Federal Reserve Failed to See the 2008 Financial Crisis: The Role of “Macroeconomics” as a Sensemaking and Cultural Frame

In this very interesting and enlightening paper by Neil Fligstein, Jonah Stuart Brundage & Michael Schultz (University of California, Berkeley), they tackle one of the puzzles about the crisis of 2008: why the regulators were so slow to recognize the … Continue reading

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The Bank of England’s “‪‎Money‬ Creation in the Modern ‪‎Economy‬” erodes the mainstream ‪economics‬ and ‪‎finance‬ theory

Money creation in practice differs from some popular misconceptions — banks do not act simply as intermediaries, lending out deposits that savers place with them, and nor do they ‘multiply up’ central bank money to create new loans and deposits. … Continue reading

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How much did internationally promoted ideas about supervisory ‘best practice’ influence institutional design choices?

Who is watching the finance industry? There have been multiple waves of thought about whether the ministry of finance, the central bank, a specialized regulator or some combination of these should have supervisory authority. These waves have been associated with the convergence … Continue reading

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A ‪joke‬ from Mario Draghi, the President of the European Central Bank ;-)

A man needs a heart transplant. Says the doctor: “I can give you the heart of a five-year old boy.” “Too young.”“How about that of a forty-year old investment banker?”“They don’t have a heart.”“A seventy-five year old central banker?” “I’ll take it!”“But … Continue reading

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The End of Protest: How Free-Market Capitalism Learned to Control Dissent

The End of Protest: How Free-Market Capitalism Learned to Control Dissent by Alasdair Roberts explains how governments learned to unleash market forces while also avoiding protest about the market’s failures.  The US has just gone through the worst economic crisis in a generation. Why … Continue reading

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Lords of Finance and the New Lombard Street

While the world is struggling with the consequences of the 2007-8 financial crisis and many efforts are invested to find out (or to conceal) its causes — history is calling on us. Two recently published books provide insightful and eye-opening … Continue reading

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