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Economic Brief

May 2009, No. 09-05

The Costs and Benefits of Bank Supervisory Disclosure

Edward S. Prescott and Stephen Slivinski

Bank examinations, like the recent "stress test," yield information of interest to the market. Releasing those results may increase transparency. For routine annual bank exams, however, doing so could impede a supervisor's ability to collect information.

Additional Resources

Prescott, Edward S. "Should Bank Supervisors Disclose Information About Their Banks?" Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Economic Quarterly 94, no. 1 (Winter 2008): 1-16.

Press release and related links on Board of Governors web site about the stress test results

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