Why Do Central Banks Go Weak?

Author/Editor:

Nada Oulidi ; Alain Ize

Publication Date:

January 1, 2009

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Determinants of central banks' profitability are studied using a statistical analysis of their balance sheets, country characteristics, and the macroeconomic and institutional environments in which they operate. Central banks at both tails of the distribution of profits generally operate in poorer countries with more troubled macroeconomic and institutional environments. For these central banks, profitability is strongly influenced by fiscal dominance and, to a lesser extent, by how actively central banks used their balance sheet for monetary policy purposes.

Series:

Working Paper No. 09/13

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

January 1, 2009

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451871609/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2009013

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

19

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