Kate Barker's picture
Affiliation: 
Senior Adviser to Credit Suisse
Credentials: 
former member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee

Voting history

A “new” UK industrial strategy ?

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Question 2: Do you agree that the UK needs a new regional policy?

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Answer:
Strongly agree
Confidence level:
Extremely confident
Comment:
The EU referendum and the recent data on productivity gaps suggest that the regional issues, while intractable, need to be given much more energy and resource.

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Question 1: Do you agree that the UK needs a new industrial policy?

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Answer:
Strongly agree
Confidence level:
Very confident
Comment:
Industrial sounds a bit old hat - but yes, I do think the UK government needs to work out how to be collaborative with industry in several sectors. And we have to not fret over every mistake!

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:
Disagree
Confidence level:
Confident
Comment:
It's hard to know how far labour market behaviour has changed, and would change again if central banks are less independent. But my view is that the changes in labour markets are not related to central bank independence.

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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:
Agree
Confidence level:
Not confident
Comment:
Central banks may get blamed for economic problems, and so have their wings clipped, when there was little they could do to tackle them fundamentally, but central bankers wished to sound confident.

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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