The term "macroprudential": origins and evolution

1 March 2010

In the wake of the recent financial crisis, the term "macroprudential" has become a true buzzword. A core element of international efforts to strengthen the financial system is  to enhance the macroprudential orientation of regulatory and supervisory frameworks. Yet the term was little used before the crisis, and its meaning remains obscure. This special feature traces the term's origins to the late 1970s, in the context of work on international bank lending carried out under the aegis of the Euro-currency Standing Committee at the BIS. It then describes its changing fortunes until its recent rise to prominence.

JEL classification: G20, G28