Transparency and Ambiguity in Central Bank Safety Net Operations

Author/Editor:

Charles Enoch

Publication Date:

October 1, 1997

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

To mitigate the risks of contagion from problems arising in the banking sector, many countries operate some form of banking sector safety net. Such safety nets generally involve a judicious mixture of transparency and ambiguity. This ambiguity may be important to counter moral hazard effects but may lead to excessive forbearance in the face of banking problems. While the scope for ambiguity has been declining, some ambiguity in the handling of individual institutions remains. In any case, ex post transparency is essential for reviewing the propriety of any assistance and preserving the authorities’ future reputation and policy credibility.

Series:

Working Paper No. 97/138

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

October 1, 1997

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451930115/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1381997

Format:

Paper

Pages:

28

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