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Der Bericht der Expertengruppe : "Reform der Währungsordnung" Eine kritische Würdigung

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  • Thomas VON UNGERN-STERNBERG
  • Mario JAMETTI

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The proposed new law for the Swiss National Bank attempts to establish the SNB as an entity, which is practically uncontrolled by the democratic institutions of our country. The proposal has to be fundamentally remodelled, taking into account the following principles: The more independence the SNB has, the stricter should be the rules on transparency and accountability. Decisions having a direct effect on the tax burden of the citizen cannot be left to the discretion of the SNB. The SNB's excess reserves should be reduced by a one shot transfer of ca. 20 billion francs. In future the SNB should distribute most of its profits (roughly 4 billion francs per year), rather than increase its already excessive stock of foreign exchange reserves.

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Paper provided by Université de Lausanne, Faculté des HEC, DEEP in its series Cahiers de Recherches Economiques du Département d'Econométrie et d'Economie politique (DEEP) with number 01.06.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: May 2001
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Handle: RePEc:lau:crdeep:01.06

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Keywords: Swiss National Bank; accountability; foreign exchange reserves; profit distribution;

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