Should the Central Bank Issue E-money?
Charles Kahn (),
Francisco Rivadeneyra and
Tsz-Nga Wong ()
Staff Working Papers from Bank of Canada
Should a central bank take over the provision of e-money, a circulable electronic liability? We discuss how e-money technology changes the tradeoff between public and private provision, and the tradeoff between e-money and a central bank's existing liabilities like bank notes and reserves. The tradeoffs depend on i) the technological setup of the e-money system (as a token or an account; centralized or decentralized); ii) the potential improvement in the implementation and transmission of monetary policy; iii) the risks to safety and privacy from cyber attacks; and iv) the uncertain impact on banks’ efficiency and financial stability. The most compelling argument for central banks to issue e-money is to address competition problems in the banking sector.
Keywords: Bank notes; Digital Currencies; Financial services; Payment clearing and settlement systems (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E42 E51 E58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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