Capitalizing Central Banks : A Net Worth Approach

Author/Editor:

Alain Ize

Publication Date:

January 1, 2005

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper provides a simple, quantitative, net worth-based, approach to assessing the need for central bank capital. It derives a concept of "core capital" (a function of the central bank's operating expenditures and the carrying cost of its international reserves) as the minimum capital needed by a central bank to ensure the credibility of its inflation target. The approach is illustrated with the published accounts of three loss-making central banks and selected accounting entries for a broader sample of central banks. Policy implications are explored. In particular, the paper argues that central bank capitalizations cannot be automatic and require instead a broad policy debate.

Series:

Working Paper No. 05/15

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

January 1, 2005

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451860344/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2005015

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

25

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