Congressional influence on U.S. monetary policy: A reconsideration of the evidence

Marc C. Chopin, C. Steven Cole, Michael A. Ellis

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One of the few works that finds strong evidence of congressional influence on U.S. monetary policy is Grier (1991), which finds a direct relationship between the liberalism of the Senate oversight committee leadership and monetary base growth. We extend this analysis by considering a longer sample period and by considering the preferences of House oversight committee leaders, in addition to Senators. Grier's evidence is not robust to these extensions. Where we do find correlation between congressional preferences and monetary base growth, increased liberalism of congressional oversight committees is associated with lower monetary base growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)561-570
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Monetary Economics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1996


  • Congressional influence
  • Monetary policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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