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    Central Bank optimism as a policy tool: evidence from the Bank of England

    Adesina, T. (2017) Central Bank optimism as a policy tool: evidence from the Bank of England. Working Paper. Birkbeck, University of London, London, UK.

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    We evaluate the tone of optimism in the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) communication using computerised textual analysis and then explore the impacts of optimism shocks on key macroeconomic variables. We show that innovations in optimism impact key macroeconomic variables in the same way that a contractionary monetary policy would. We find that increasing optimism shocks in MPC communication leads to rising inflation, falling output, declining stock market returns and a rise in the Pound value. We further find evidence that optimism shocks reduce credit availability, the money supply, retail sales as well as earnings. Finally, government bond yields also tend to rise in response to optimism shocks.


    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Additional Information: BWPEF 1708
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): central bank communication, monetary policy, optimism
    School: School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Economics, Mathematics and Statistics
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2019 13:35
    Last Modified: 10 Jun 2021 13:11


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