The Bank of Jamaica’s videos of reggae stars singing about inflation targets and its monetary policy comic books are among the more unusual central bank communication strategies being studied by the Bank of England, Bloomberg is reporting.
According to Bloomberg, a working paper co-authored by Chief Economist Andy Haldane published Friday found that engaging with a broader audience through “simplified communication may, alone, be necessary but not sufficient.”
Instead, the economist reportedly indicated that complementary efforts in engagement and education are required.
Bloomberg says the public backlash from the financial crisis and the more complex policy tools that followed have prompted central banks across the globe to take a closer look at how they present their strategies.
Previous research by Bank of England economists has found the language used in their reports and speeches outstripped even the works of Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy in its complexity.
The impact of efforts such as those of Jamaica’s central bank – which produced a series of videos featuring singers and dancers telling viewers that if inflation is “too high the people have a cry and if it’s too low the country nah grow”- are hard to measure, the bank’s research found.