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Knowledge and Opinions about Banking Supervision: Evidence from a Survey of Dutch Households

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  • Carin van der Cruijsen
  • Jakob de Haan
  • David-Jan Jansen
  • Robert Mosch

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What does the general public know about banking supervision? What objectives does the public think bank supervisors should pursue? We investigate these issues using a survey among Dutch households. First, we find that the public's knowledge about banking supervision is far from perfect. We also find that respondents often expect more from supervisors than they can realistically achieve. Finally, our findings suggest that better - informed people have more realistic views on banking supervision. Realistic views on banking supervision lead to more prudent financial behaviour, which, in turn, contributes to financial stability. Therefore, the communication policies of banking supervisors should aim to improve the public's knowledge about banking supervision.

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Paper provided by Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department in its series DNB Working Papers with number 275.

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Handle: RePEc:dnb:dnbwpp:275

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Keywords: banking supervision; knowledge; communication; financial literacy; household decisionmaking;

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  1. Carin van der Cruijsen & Jakob de Haan & David-Jan Jansen & Robert Mosch, 2011. "Household savings behaviour in crisis times," DNB Working Papers 315, Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department.
  2. Paul Cavelaars & Jakob de Haan & Paul Hilbers & Bart Stellinga, 2013. "Challenges for financial sector supervision," DNB Occasional Studies 1106, Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department.
  3. Bernd Hayo & Edith Neuenkirch, 2013. "The German Public and its Trust in the ECB: The Role of Knowledge and Information Search," MAGKS Papers on Economics 201347, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung).
  4. Vinogradov, Dmitri, 2012. "Destructive effects of constructive ambiguity in risky times," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 31(6), pages 1459-1481.
  5. Federica Teppa & Corrie Vis, 2012. "The CentERpanel and the DNB Household Survey: Methodological Aspects," DNB Occasional Studies 1004, Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department.
  6. Michiel Bijlsma & Karen van der Wiel, 2012. "What Awareness? Consumer Perception of Bank Risk and Deposit Insurance," CPB Discussion Paper 205, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.

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