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Should the Functions of Monetary Policy and Banking Supervision Be Separated?

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  • Goodhart, Charles
  • Schoenmaker, Dirk

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The paper investigates whether monetary policy and banking supervision should be separated. The main argument for separation is that the combination of functions might lead to a conflict of interest. An argument against is that separation is inconsistent with the central bank's concern for the systemic stability of the financial system. In a cross-country survey of 104 bank failures, we observe a trend towards using taxpayers' money for bank rescues which strengthens the case for hiving off the supervisory function to a government agency. It would, however, be difficult to have a complete division, since the central bank generally remains the only source of immediate funding. Copyright 1995 by Royal Economic Society.

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  • Goodhart, Charles & Schoenmaker, Dirk, 1995. "Should the Functions of Monetary Policy and Banking Supervision Be Separated?," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 47(4), pages 539-560, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:oxecpp:v:47:y:1995:i:4:p:539-60
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