Roger Farmer's picture
Affiliation: 
University of Warwick
Credentials: 
Professor of Economics

Voting history

ECB Monetary Policy and Catch-up Inflation

Question 2: Which of the following policies is the most desirable to meet the ECBs objective to achieve its mandate of “price stability” as you understand this term.

Answer:
NGDP targeting
Confidence level:
Confident

Question 1: To what extent do you agree with the following statement? “The European Central Bank should systematically allow for inflation to exceed its target to compensate for periods of below target inflation.”

Answer:
Agree
Confidence level:
Confident

Monetary Policy and Inequality

Question 2: What role should inequality play in the monetary policy decisions (interest rate policy and quantitative easing)?

Answer:
No role
Confidence level:
Very confident
Comment:
The MPC is unelected. If the Bank becomes involved in highly politicized decisions including, but not limited to, asset purchases designed to redistribute income and wealth, there is a danger of losing the current political consensus for Bank independence. I am strongly opposed to extending its current mandate.

Question 1: How large is the impact of monetary policy on the joint distribution of income and wealth?

Answer:
Large
Confidence level:
Very confident
Comment:
Interest rate decisions have large measurable effects on asset values. Since both housing wealth and stock market wealth are very unequally distributed, these policy decisions also have large impacts on the wealth distribution. The impact on income is also significant but smaller in magnitude.

Central Bank Digital Currency for the UK

Question 2: What effect will the introduction of a CBDC have on UK banks?

Answer:
No or little effect
Confidence level:
Confident
Comment:
I see no merit in the argument that access of private individuals to digital state money would harm the existence of the private banking system. Private banks will evolve, as they always have, to provide intermediation services in different ways. It is fallacious to believe that commercial banks need deposits to function. There are many other ways of providing the maturity transformation and risk intermediation services that characterize the activities of modern banks.

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