Paul Tucker is the author of Unelected Power and Global Discord, a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, and a former central banker.


What is macroprudential policy for? Making it safe for central bankers

BNM-BIS conference on “Financial systems and the real economy”, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Most of the agenda is, rightly, devoted to the scientific study of interactions between the financial system and the macroeconomy, and to how policy might be able to provide a more secure base for private economic activity. I am going to step back from that to ask questions about the financial stability policy regimes that are emerging around the world. Do we even have clarity around what ‘macroprudential policy’ is for?