Central banks in 2004

Following years of growth the number of central banks, and the number of staff they employ now looks set to fall, according to research carried out for the 2004 edition of Central Banking Publications' Central Bank Directory.

By the end of 2003, the world's 163 central banks employed just under 360,000 staff. While the total number of central banks grew over the year as a result of the division of the National Bank of Yugoslavia, the trend for the next decade seems to be for consolidation: few