Forward-looking component in consumers’ expectations and inflation forecast targeting: the case of six European economies

Magdalena Szyszko , Aleksandra Rutkowska


Since there are different ways of revealing central banks’ intentions, a simple research question, which we address in this study, arises. Is the forward-looking (FL) component of consumers’ expectations related to the way in which the forecast is revealed and used by central banks? The research covers six countries: The Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Sweden, and the UK, over the period of 2001-2016. Our methodology consists of the quantification of expectations, tests for rationality of expectations, estimation of the degree of their FL, the index-based assessment of central banks’ forecasting transparency and importance of forecasts in monetary policy, as well as correlation examination of forward-lookingness of monetary policy and expectation errors. Based on the completed research, we link the results of the FL analysis to the index-based assessment of inflation forecasts targeting. The results are varied. The highest degree of expectations’ FL is found for the UK and Sweden. Czech consumers’ expectations are less FL, whereas central banks’ involvement in inflation forecast targeting is comparable to the Swedish case. For two countries we found no forward-looking component in consumers’ expectations. The study makes a valid contribution to the existing literature as it presents a novel approach to analysing the relation between forecasts and inflation forecast targeting and expectations.
Author Magdalena Szyszko - Wyższa Szkoła Bankowa w Poznaniu
Magdalena Szyszko,,
, Aleksandra Rutkowska (WIiGE / KMS)
Aleksandra Rutkowska,,
- Department of Applied Mathematics
Journal seriesZbornik Radova Ekonomskog Fakulteta u Rijeci-Proceedings of Rijeka Facultyof Economics, [Zbornik Radova Ekonomskog Fakultet au Rijeci], ISSN 1331-8004, e-ISSN 1846-7520, (N/A 20 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets1.75
Keywords in Polishprognozy inflacji, celowanie w prognozę inflacji, oczekiwania inflacyjne konsumentów
Keywords in Englishinflation forecast, inflation forecast targeting, consumers’ expectations, forward-lookingness of expectations
ASJC Classification1403 Business and International Management; 2002 Economics and Econometrics; 2003 Finance
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)20
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ScoreMinisterial score = 20.0, 20-04-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 0.693; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 0.455 (2) - 2017=0.514 (5)
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