CELSI Research Fellow-Brian Fabo, and his colleagues have published their study
Published on Sept. 30, 2020
We are delighted that Brian Fabo, CELSI Research Fellow and former Senior Researcher, and his colleagues have published their study on "Fifty Shades of QE: Conflicts of Interest in Economic Research" in the prestigious NBER Working Papers series. The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and other prominent media outlets have covered the study extensively. Fifty Shades of QE: Conflicts of Interest in Economic Research Brian Fabo, Martina Jančoková, Elisabeth Kempf, Ľuboš Pástor NBER Working Paper No. 27849 Abstract: Central banks sometimes evaluate their own policies. To assess the inherent conflict of interest, we compare the research findings of central bank researchers and academic economists regarding the macroeconomic effects of quantitative easing (QE). We find that central bank papers report larger effects of QE on output and inflation. Central bankers are also more likely to report significant effects of QE on output and to use more positive language in the abstract. Central bankers who report larger QE effects on output experience more favorable career outcomes. A survey of central banks reveals substantial involvement of bank management in research production.