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Banche Centrali: funzioni monetarie e funzioni di vigilanza bancaria / Central banks: monetary and supervisory functions

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The paper attempts to explain the reasons why in recent years, in many industrialized countries, national central banks have lost their supervisory and regulatory powers. This process can be attributed to three factors in particular. The first of these is connected to the reduced importance for commercial banks of central bank funding following the development of wide and deep monetary markets. In this situation, central banks have little need to know the credit worthiness of their systems’ banks. The second factor stems from the need to maintain central banks’ anti-inflation credibility at appropriately high levels. Finally, the third factor is linked to the financial and banking policies adopted by many countries during the era of globalisation. The paper concludes that leaving supervisory functions with central banks, i.e. with institutions closely connected to commercial banks, may hold back the development of new markets and new players.

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  • Pittaluga, Giovanni Battista, 2008. "Banche Centrali: funzioni monetarie e funzioni di vigilanza bancaria / Central banks: monetary and supervisory functions," Economia Internazionale / International Economics, Camera di Commercio Industria Artigianato Agricoltura di Genova, vol. 61(2-3), pages 459-480.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:ecoint:0034
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    Keywords

    Central Bank; Supervisory Functions; Independence; Monetary Functions;

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    • E50 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - General
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies

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