Public attitudes to inflation and monetary policy

Quarterly Bulletin 2010 Q2
Published on 14 June 2010

By Alina Barnett, Clare Macallan and Silvia Pezzini of the Bank's Monetary Assessment and Strategy Division.

Inflation has been volatile in the past three years. This article examines how that has affected households' attitudes to inflation and to monetary policy more generally. Some of the volatility in inflation has fed through to households' perceptions of inflation, as measured by the Bank/GfK NOP survey. But inflation expectations have responded less than changes in perceptions: households may have placed weight on the weak economic environment and the inflation target rather than simply extrapolating past trends in prices. Public satisfaction with the Bank, which deteriorated between 2007 and 2009, has improved in recent quarters.

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