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The Regulation and Supervision of the Belgian Financial System (1830 - 2005)

  • Erik Buyst

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    (University of Leuven)

  • Ivo Maes

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    (National Bank of Belgium, Robert Triffin Chair, Universite catholique de Louvain, and University of Leuven.)

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    This paper provides an overview of the regulation and supervision of the Belgian financial system from the creation of Belgium in 1830 to the early 21st century. After severe crises, the National Bank of Belgium was created in 1850. The Great Depression led to further reforms, increasing the role of the government, especially through the establishment of the Banking Commission. In the post-war period, reforms were driven by changes in the financial landscape, especially an increasing role for market forces. In line with the despecialisation process, the responsibilities of the Banking Commission were gradually extended, becoming, in 2004, the Banking, Finance and Insurance Commission. Moreover, at the turn of the millennium, the role of the NBB in financial stability matters was enhanced.

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    Length: 34 pages
    Date of creation: Jun 2008
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    1. Anne-Catherine Provost & Florence Degavre & Valérie de Briey & Isabelle Cassiers, 1998. "Les banques belges face à l'État : une rétrospective (1935-1993)," Revue d'Économie Financière, Programme National Persée, vol. 48(4), pages 125-155.
    2. Oosterloo, Sander & de Haan, Jakob, 2004. "Central banks and financial stability: a survey," Journal of Financial Stability, Elsevier, vol. 1(2), pages 257-273, December.
    3. Cassiers, I. & de Briey, V. & Degavre, F. & Provost, A.-C., 1998. "Les Banques belges face à l'Etat: une rétrospective (1935-1993)," Discussion Papers (IRES - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales) 1998007, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).
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