Daily Archives: January 2, 2013

Claire Jones

If Bank of England governor-designate Mark Carney was looking to spark debate, then his call for the UK to scrap its inflation target (should meaningful growth continue to elude the UK) has done the job.

The FT’s economics editor Chris Giles and economics correspondent Sarah O’Connor write in today’s paper that Mr Carney’s call has divided economists in this year’s FT poll.

Those in favour of sticking with the status quo — 45 per cent — outnumber those calling for a shift to a new regime — 35 per cent. (And not all of those in favour of a switch back Mr Carney’s calls for central banks to target nominal GDP instead.) But in previous years, support from more than a handful of economists for the scrapping of the inflation target would have been unthinkable.

Interestingly, support for change is stronger than average among those who have had to work with inflation targeting: of the ten former MPC members that took part in the poll, five want to do away with the current regime, with the rest in favour of keeping it.