تاثیر استقلال بانک مرکزی روی عملکرد رژیم ها در هدفگذاری نرخ تورم
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|27634||2014||18 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||محاسبه نشده|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of International Money and Finance, Volume 44, June 2014, Pages 118–135
This paper examines the effects of inflation targeting on inflation in both advanced and emerging economies. We do not detect significant effects in advanced economies and only find small benefits in emerging economies, in line with previous studies. However, when we differentiate the impact of inflation targeting based on the degree of central bank independence, we find large effects in emerging economies with low central bank independence. Our results therefore suggest that central bank independence is not a prerequisite for countries to experience significant declines in inflation following the adoption of inflation targeting. Furthermore, we provide evidence that one channel through which inflation targeting lowers inflation more in countries with low central bank independence is the reduction of budget deficits following the adoption of an inflation target.
A growing number of countries have adopted inflation targeting (IT) as a monetary policy strategy. This trend began in the early 1990s with a handful of advanced economies. By the mid-1990s, several more industrial countries followed suit, and by the late 1990s and early 2000s, central banks in emerging economies began adopting IT. By 2006, the count was 8 advanced economies and 13 emerging market countries (Batini and Laxton, 2007). Central banks that implemented this new monetary policy framework did so because of the perceived benefits. These include achieving lower inflation and inflation variability, while retaining enough flexibility to respond to macroeconomic shocks and the ability to stabilize output. Emerging market countries in particular were searching for a nominal anchor that did not have the instability associated with fixed exchange rate regimes. As the number of countries that have adopted IT has grown, so too has the literature attempting to determine empirically the effects of IT on average inflation, inflation volatility, average growth, and growth volatility. Early studies focused on industrial countries (c.f. Ball and Sheridan, 2005) and, in general, found only weak evidence that IT improves macroeconomic performance. More recent studies include emerging economies and tend to find stronger evidence of positive effects (Batini and Laxton, 2007, Gonçalves and Salles, 2008, Lin and Ye, 2009 and Mishkin and Schmidt-Hebbel, 2007). However, Brito and Bystedt (2010), using the GMM systems estimator as opposed to the commonly used difference-in-differences estimator employed in Ball and Sheridan (2005), obtain somewhat different results. They find weaker support for the effect of IT on average inflation, inflation volatility, and growth volatility and provide evidence that average growth is lower under IT. Surveying the literature, Ball (2010) states that the evidence of beneficial effects of IT in emerging economies, while stronger than in advanced countries, is not yet conclusive. In this paper, we attempt to explain the lack of strong evidence by arguing that not all emerging economies are the same and that IT may work better in some than others. In particular, central banks differ in their degree of central bank independence (CBI), and this may interact with an IT regime to produce different macroeconomic outcomes. It is possible, therefore, that when this distinction is not made, conclusive results for the effects of IT in a subset of countries are weakened by the inclusion of countries for which IT has no effect. There are opposing views on whether CBI makes an IT regime more or less effective. On the one hand, central bank autonomy may be a precondition for successful IT (Mishkin, 2000, Mishkin, 2004, Eichengreen et al., 1999 and Freedman and Ötker-Robe, 2010). For example, IT might not work in achieving low inflation if central banks can be pressured by politicians to lower unemployment or to monetize large fiscal deficits. Similarly, low CBI may imply that other preconditions are missing as well. These include priority of the inflation target as the objective of monetary policy, absence of fiscal dominance, limited liability dollarization, financial development, and effective central bank communication, transparency, and accountability (Batini and Laxton, 2007 and Freedman and Ötker-Robe, 2010).1 In this case, IT should be less effective in low CBI environments. We refer to this as the “precondition effect.” However, there is disagreement about whether these preconditions are in fact prerequisites for successful IT as opposed to simply desirable features to have in place. Certainly most would agree that these elements make any monetary regime more successful. Furthermore, the argument has been made that IT may promote the development of some of these features (Batini and Laxton, 2007; Freedman and Ötker-Robe, 2009; Mishkin, 1999). Therefore, IT may be more successful relative to other monetary regimes when these elements are lacking and there is ample room for improvement. To the extent that these elements are lacking in countries with low CBI, we might expect to see larger effects of IT in low CBI countries. We refer to this as the “improvement effect” of low CBI. In contrast, when these features are already present, there may be little for IT to improve upon. As another example of this effect, low CBI may imply weak central bank credibility and unanchored inflation expectations, suggesting that IT can have a large impact (Bernanke et al., 1999, Mishkin, 1999 and Svensson, 1997), whereas if a central bank has credibility, it does not need the credibility and anchoring of inflation expectations that comes with IT (Ball, 2010 and Gonçalves and Salles, 2008). Again, we would expect to see stronger effects of IT in countries without independent central banks. The net effect of low CBI on the effectiveness of IT thus depends on the relative strength of the precondition and improvement effects.2 By analyzing empirically the effect of CBI on the performance of IT regimes, we hope to shed light on this debate. To preview our results, we do not find evidence of beneficial effects of IT in advanced countries or emerging countries with high levels of CBI. We do, however, detect large benefits in emerging countries with low levels of CBI. These results cast doubt on the view that CBI is a necessary condition for effective IT. Quite the contrary, IT is only effective when the central bank is not independent, suggesting that the improvement effect is more important than the precondition effect. The policy implication, therefore, is that emerging economies should not wait for greater CBI before adopting IT as a monetary policy strategy. We then investigate the channels through which low CBI in emerging economies increases IT's effectiveness in reducing inflation. In particular, we consider several dimensions along which low CBI countries have more room to improve upon relative to high CBI countries following the adoption of IT. For example, IT adoption may bring about a greater de facto or de jure increase in CBI for low CBI countries as politicians become more vested in their commitment to low inflation ( Mishkin, 1999 and Batini and Laxton, 2007). Related to this, and perhaps more importantly, IT may bring about greater fiscal discipline and a reduction of budget deficits in low CBI countries, since the continuation of deficit-financing through money creation would jeopardize the achievement of the inflation target ( IMF, 2006). IT may also result in the reduction of liability dollarization, strengthening the potency of monetary policy and its ability to lower inflation ( Mishkin, 2003). In addition, IT has been accompanied by reforms that promote financial development. Finally, IT is associated with rapid improvements in the technical infrastructure of the adopting central banks ( Batini and Laxton, 2007) and their increased communication, transparency and accountability (Mishkin and Schmidt-Hebbel, 2001). Although we cannot separately identify all these channels due to data limitations, we find evidence that points to the decline in budget deficits as an important channel. In particular, there is a significant decline in budget deficits in low CBI countries after adopting IT, more so than in high CBI countries, and when we control for the role of budget deficits in the benchmark regression, we no longer find that IT is more effective in low CBI countries. In contrast, we do not find evidence that liability dollarization and financial development serve as important channels through which low CBI improves IT's inflation performance. The rest of the paper is organized as follows: Section 2 introduces the data and the benchmark regression equation that we use to test for the effect of IT on inflation and the role of CBI. Section 3 presents the results and robustness checks. Section 4 analyzes the potential channels through which CBI alters IT's impact on inflation performance. Section 5 concludes.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
Our first goal in this paper is to expand the analysis of the benefits of IT. Recent studies tend to find more evidence in emerging than in advanced economies that IT lowers inflation, although the results are not conclusive. We add to the literature by analyzing the role of CBI in amplifying the effects of IT in emerging economies. In theory, the effect of CBI is ambiguous. Low CBI may strengthen the impact of IT as a result of the improvement effect; i.e. that IT may bring about greater fiscal or institutional changes in low CBI countries, which substantially improve macroeconomic conditions. However, if CBI is itself a precondition for successful IT or promotes other preconditions, then low CBI should dampen the beneficial impact of IT. We find larger benefits of IT in low CBI countries but no significant effects in high CBI countries, suggesting that the improvement effect is more important. Our results also provide an explanation for the somewhat muted impact of IT found in previous studies that do not differentiate the effect of IT based on CBI. Second, we attempt to identify the channels through which IT lowers inflation more in low CBI countries. We find evidence that IT is effective by promoting fiscal discipline and strengthening CBI itself, areas where there is greater room for improvement in low CBI countries.