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A Normative Analysis of Banking Supervision: Independence, Legal Protection and Accountability

  • Jorge Ponce

    (Banco Central de Paraguay)

This paper uses a formal model of a bank supervisor to derive policy implications on the optimal institutional arrangements for effective banking supervision. I find that bank supervisors should have political independence, and that independence should be complemented by legal protection and accountability arrangements for bank supervisors. I provide empirical evidence supporting these results.Length: 39 pages

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Article provided by Centro de Estudios Monetarios Latinoamericanos in its journal Money Affairs.

Volume (Year): XXIII (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (July-December)
Pages: 141-181

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Handle: RePEc:cml:moneya:v:xxiii:y:2010:i:2:p:141-181
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