The Global Financial Crisis and Central Bank Speak: Central Bank Guidance in Good Times and in Bad
39 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2013
Date Written: April 1, 2013
Words are critical in how the public perceives the work of central banks and the quality of monetary policy. Press releases that accompany policy rate decisions and, where available, the minutes of central bank committee meetings, are focal points for the media in public discussions about the conduct of monetary policy.
Using data from five countries, I examine whether the language used by central banks has changed since the global financial crisis (GFC) began.
Briefly, I find that concerns about financial stability peaked just as the global financial crisis reached its zenith. However, concerns over uncertainty about the current and anticipated state of the economy have also risen over time. More generally, central bank speak became more aggressive throughout the crisis years. More conventional expressions about the current stance of monetary policy took a back seat to other concerns in central bank policy statements and minutes.
Keywords: central bank communication, financial stability, language analysis
JEL Classification: E52, E58, E61, E69
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