Alan Greenspan, the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, once shared an experience where someone joined the bank’s Monetary Policy Committee and came to him with a proposal to speak at their former university and on television. Greenspan advised the person to decline the invitation and if they had to go, not to speak. This anecdote reveals Greenspan’s belief in the power of actions over words.
Greenspan resisted adopting an inflation targeting scheme as Chairman of the Federal Reserve, believing that his main task was to deal with prices and that economists’ words were overrated. Despite pressure from the Monetary Policy Committee, Greenspan rejected the proposal to adopt this scheme.
In Javier Milei’s current government in Argentina, there is a similar sentiment regarding communication and transparency in economic policy. Nicolás Dujovne based his stabilization plan on a fiscal announcement that surprised markets but some movements were contrary to his campaign speech. The specific details of this plan are not widely known, which has led to uncertainty and speculation in the market.
Ben Bernanke explained that providing ambiguity in non-cooperative games like poker is different from the cooperative game of monetary and fiscal policy. Clear communication becomes apparent when attempting to establish a fiscal anchor as Dujovne emphasized.
In recent times, clear communication has become a priority in US economic policy with Jerome Powell giving an interview to clarify the Federal Reserve’s position while emphasizing direct, clear communication with public and market stakeholders. However, it seems that Greenspan’s rule still dominates in Argentina where economic officials provide vague information without providing specific details leading to assumptions and speculation in the market.
Overall, clear communication is crucial for effective economic policy implementation as it helps reduce ambiguity and provides clarity on goals and strategies for stakeholders alike.