Contributor: Pierre Monnin

The Impact of Interest Rates on Electricity Production Costs

| 25 June 2015
Discussion Notes, Monetary | Tags: Energy, Interest Rates
Putting the economy on an environmentally sustainable path requires substantial investments in green energy technologies. Long-term interest rates play a crucial role for energy investments. Against this background, we study the impact of interest rates on the costs of producing electricity with different technologies, using ... continue reading

Monetary Policy and Sustainability. The Case of Bangladesh

and | 31 May 2015
Discussion Notes, Monetary | Tags: Employment, Energy, Financial Inclusion
Central banks have wide ranging effects on the economy and society as a whole. Their decisions on monetary policy and sustainability are closely intertwined. Nonetheless, the links between the mandates, objectives and instruments of central banks and a broad sustainability agenda are rarely reflected in ... continue reading

Central Banks, Financial Stability and Inequality

| 9 March 2015
Blog, Monetary | Tags: Central Banks, Financial Stability, Inequality
When you ask a central banker what her job is, she will most probably answer: “keeping inflation under control!” Indeed, securing price stability constitutes the current raison d’être of most, if not all, central banks around the world. In parallel to this objective, however, many ... continue reading

Should the ECB Helicopter Adjust Its Dropping Zone?

| 4 February 2015
Blog, Monetary | Tags: Inequality, QE
“Let us suppose that one day a helicopter flies over this community and drops an additional $1000 in bills from the sky…” This pleasant image conveyed by Milton Friedman’s famous metaphor is taken to new heights by Mario Draghi, who promised to inject €60 billion ... continue reading

Monetary Policy and Inequality – What Do Central Bankers Say?

| 24 November 2014
Blog, Monetary | Tags: Central Banks, Inequality, Monetary Policy
“Benign neglect” perhaps most aptly characterizes the attitude that central bankers have traditionally displayed toward the topic of economic inequality. Indeed, monetary policy and inequality have long been regarded as having nothing more in common than just the fact that they both coexist. In the ... continue reading