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Central banking for financial stability Some lessons from the recent instability in the US and euro area

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  • Larry D. Wall

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta)

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Central banks have had an important role in maintaining financial stability through their lender of last resort role. As lender of last resort, the central bank is given enormous power which is normally tempered by a variety of limits. In the most recent crises in both the US and euro area, the Federal Reserve and European Central Bank (ECB) have come under enormous pressure to take lender of last resort actions that exceed these normal bounds. This paper reviews the experience of these two central banks and draws some implications for future policy.

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Article provided by Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Finance Japan in its journal Public Policy Review.

Volume (Year): 8 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 (August)
Pages: 247-280

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Handle: RePEc:mof:journl:ppr017b

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