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Is bank supervision central to central banking?

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  • Joe Peek
  • Eric S. Rosengren
  • Geoffrey M. B. Tootell

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Recently, several central banks have lost their bank supervisory responsibilities, in part because it has not been shown that supervisory authority improves the conduct of monetary policy. This paper finds that confidential bank supervisory information could help the Board staff more accurately forecast important macroeconomic variables and is used by FOMC members to guide monetary policy. These findings suggest that the complementarity between supervisory responsibilities and monetary policy should be an important consideration when evaluating the structure of the central bank.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in its series Working Papers with number 99-7.

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Date of creation: 1999
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedbwp:99-7

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Keywords: Bank examination ; Bank supervision ; Banks and banking; Central ; Monetary policy;

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