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Issue Q1 2015  
Dissecting the brains of central bankers: The case of the ECB’s Governing Council members on reforms  
Hamza Bennani
Since 2009, European central bankers have supported some reforms, in order to draw roadmaps to get out of the euro debt crisis. This paper tests whether the educational and professional background of European central bankers matter for the type of reforms each of them advocated. Through a textual analysis of public speeches delivered by the European central bankers, we draw a cognitive map for each of them and, thus, of the reforms they propose as ways out of the euro debt crisis. Our results show that their occupational background is an important determinant of their respective economic reform proposals. Abstract

European central bank ; Monetary policy ; Euro debt crisis ; Cognitive mapping ; Keywords
E42 ; E58 ; H12 ; JEL classification
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