Inflation differentials in the Euro area: did the ECB care?

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Compared to inflation differentials among regions in the United States, European Monetary Union (EMU) inflation differentials are larger and more persistent. Based on augmented monetary policy reactions functions, this article addresses the question whether the presence of pronounced inflation differentials in combination with low average inflation rates has influenced monetary policy decisions of the ECB. The article finds statistical evidence that the ECB took inflation differentials into account which may reflect the fear of deflation in low inflation countries like Germany.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Economics, Otto Beisheim School of Management, 56179 Vallendar, Germany 2: Economics Group, WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, Burgplatz 2, 56179 Vallendar, Germany

Publication date: April 1, 2009

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