Research Handbook on Central Banking
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Research Handbook on Central Banking

Edited by Peter Conti-Brown and Rosa M. Lastra

Central banks occupy a unique space in their national governments and in the global economy. The study of central banking however, has too often been dominated by an abstract theoretical approach that fails to grasp central banks’ institutional nuances. This comprehensive and insightful Handbook, takes a wider angle on central banks and central banking, focusing on the institutions of central banking. By 'institutions', Peter Conti-Brown and Rosa Lastra refer to the laws, traditions, norms, and rules used to structure central bank organisations. The Research Handbook on Central Banking’s institutional approach is one of the most interdisciplinary efforts to consider its topic, and includes chapters from leading and rising central bankers, economists, lawyers, legal scholars, political scientists, historians, and others.
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Chapter 18: Central bank psychology

Andrew G Haldane

Abstract

There has been a huge amount of research on how human decision-making is affected by cognitive biases. There has also been a huge volume of research on central bank decision-making. Yet the psychology of central bank decision-making has largely been unexplored. The evolution of central bank policy frameworks over recent years can be seen as an attempt to make them robust to psychological biases. This is illustrated using the example of the Bank of England’s post-crisis policy framework.

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