Rules, Discretion, and Macro-Prudential Policy

Author/Editor: Itai Agur ; Sunil Sharma
Publication Date: March 08, 2013
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Summary: The paper examines the implementation of macro-prudential policy. Given the coordination, flow of information, analysis, and communication required, macro-prudential frameworks will have weaknesses that make it hard to implement policy. And dealing with the political economy is also likely to be challenging. But limiting discretion through the formulation of macro-prudential rules is complicated by the difficulties in detecting and measuring systemic risk. The paper suggests that oversight is best served by having a strong baseline regulatory regime on which a time-varying macro-prudential policy can be added as conditions warrant and permit.
Series: Working Paper No. 13/65
Subject(s): Macroprudential Policy | Monetary policy | Political economy | Financial systems | Financial risk

Publication Date: March 08, 2013
ISBN/ISSN: 9781475546699/1018-5941 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2013065 Pages: 32
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