Alternative data fuels central bank research

Important research areas include monetary transmission, exchange rates, digitisation, SMEs and more

Central banks tend to use alternative data for research purposes, benchmark results show. Covid was a central focus for central bank researchers over the last year, but many institutions also reported looking into issues spanning markets, climate change and digitisation. 

Research can improve central banks’ effectiveness in executing core functions. As one central banker from an upper-middle income country in the Americas said, that institution's research has focused on strengthening the bank’s

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