Francesco Lippi's picture
Affiliation: 
Università di Sassari
Credentials: 
Professor of Economics

Voting history

The Future of Central Bank Independence

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Question 2: Do you agree that the traditional argument that less central bank independence leads to higher inflation will (still) be relevant over the next 48 months in Western economies?

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Answer:
Agree
Confidence level:
Confident
Comment:
When politicians take control of central banks they typically implement more expansionary policies , this i s consistent with expecting higher inflation

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Question 1: Do you agree that central bank independence in the Eurozone and the UK will decline over the next 48 months?

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Answer:
Neither agree nor disagree
Confidence level:
Not confident
Comment:
Answering the question requires to forecast political developments in these regions, not an easy task, and one for which I am not qualified professionally.

German Council of Economic Experts' view of ECB policy

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Question 2: Do you agree that the ECB's monetary policy masks structural problems of member states?

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Answer:
Agree
Confidence level:
Confident

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Question 1: Do you agree that exceptionally loose monetary policy by the European Central Bank is no longer appropriate?

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Answer:
Disagree
Confidence level:
Confident

German current account surpluses

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Question 2: Do you agree that the German government should increase public spending given its persistently large current account surplus and given that it is part of the Eurozone?

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Answer:
Disagree
Confidence level:
Confident
Comment:
to me the idea is pointless, and if it worked might be bad for the germans who apparently want to save and not vice versa (and why should I tell them to do otherwise?). Moreoevrer, the policy might at best have second order effects by a Ricardian equivalence argument

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