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Why is financial stability a goal of public policy?

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  • Andrew Crockett
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    A number of developments in recent years have combined to put the issue of financial stability at the top of the agenda, not just of supervisory authorities, but of public policymakers more generally. These developments include: the explosive growth in the volume of financial transactions, the increased complexity of new instruments, costly crises in national financial systems, and several high-profile mishaps at individual institutions.> Policymakers care about financial instability because of the close linkages between financial stability and the health of the real economy. Recent examples of these linkages include the banking crises in Scandinavia and Japan, the 1995 peso crisis in Mexico, and the current exchange rate and banking problems in the emerging market economies of Southeast Asia.> In remarks made before the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s 1997 symposium, “Maintaining Financial Stability in a Global Economy,” Mr. Crockett examines the role of public policy in maintaining financial stability. In particular, he addresses the following questions: What do we mean by financial stability? Why should official intervention (as opposed to reliance on market forces) be required to promote stability? And what concrete approaches can be employed?

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    Article provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in its journal Economic Review.

    Volume (Year): (1997)
    Issue (Month): Q IV ()
    Pages: 5-22

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    Handle: RePEc:fip:fedker:y:1997:i:qiv:p:5-22:n:v.82no.4

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    Keywords: Public policy ; Financial institutions;

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    1. Garry J. Schinasi, 2003. "Responsibility of Central Banks for Stability in Financial Markets," IMF Working Papers 03/121, International Monetary Fund.
    2. Stanley Fischer, 1997. "Why is financial stability a goal of public policy? (commentary)," Proceedings - Economic Policy Symposium - Jackson Hole, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, pages 37-45.
    3. Martin Cihák, 2007. "Introduction to Applied Stress Testing," IMF Working Papers 07/59, International Monetary Fund.
    4. George G. Kaufman, 1999. "Banking and currency crises and systemic risk: a taxonomy and review," Working Paper Series, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago WP-99-12, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
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    6. Carolyn Currie, 2005. "Towards a General Theory of Financial Regulation: Predicting, Measuring and Preventing Financial Crises," Working Paper Series, Finance Discipline Group, UTS Business School, University of Technology, Sydney 142, Finance Discipline Group, UTS Business School, University of Technology, Sydney.
    7. Michael Taylor & Marc Quintyn, 2002. "Regulatory and Supervisory Independence and Financial Stability," IMF Working Papers 02/46, International Monetary Fund.
    8. G.G. Kaufman, 2000. "Banking and Currency Crises and Systemic Risk: A Taxonomy and Review," DNB Staff Reports (discontinued), Netherlands Central Bank 48, Netherlands Central Bank.
    9. Jakob Haan & Sander Oosterloo, 2006. "Transparency and accountability of central banks in their role of financial stability supervisor in OECD countries," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 22(3), pages 255-271, November.
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    17. George G. Kaufman, 2000. "Banking and currency crisis and systemic risk: lessons from recent events," Economic Perspectives, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, issue Q III, pages 9-28.
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    19. Georges Dionne, 2003. "The Foundationsof Banks' Risk Regulation: A Review of Literature," THEMA Working Papers 2003-46, THEMA (THéorie Economique, Modélisation et Applications), Université de Cergy-Pontoise.

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