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  • Spain: Converging with the European Communityby Gonzalo Pastor

    International Monetary Fund 1993; US$ 7.50

    Spain's participation in European integration has strengthened its policymaking credibility and created an enviroment conducive to sustainable economic growth. Over the last decade, Spain has seen improvements in inflation, output, employment, and its balance of payments, and it has substantially reformed its product, labor, and financial markets.... more...

  • Central Bank Reforms in the Baltics, Russia, and the Other Countries of the Former Soviet Unionby Malcolm Knight

    International Monetary Fund 1998; US$ 9.00

    Since 1991, the 15 countries under review - have to varying degrees, been pursuing reforms whose broad objectives have been to achieve market-based determination of interest rates and exchange rates, manage banking system liquidity through market operations with indirect instruments, and provide the institutional underpinnings for the design and implementation... more...

  • Germany's Three-Pillar Banking System: Cross-Country Perspectives in Europeby International Monetary Fund

    International Monetary Fund 2004; US$ 12.50

    German banks tend to be less profitable than their foreign counterparts. This paper estimates the likely effect of the phaseout of state guarantees for public sector banks, reviews the various ways in which public policy could contribute to their restructuring, and discusses the various arguments for and against public involvement in banking. more...

  • Financial Sector Development in Sub-Saharan African Countriesby Jean-Pierre Briffaut

    International Monetary Fund 1998; US$ 9.00

    This study takes stock of progress made so far in the financial sectors of sub-saharan African countries. It recommends further reforms and specific measures in the areas of supervision, development of monetary operations and financial markets, external sector liberalization, central bank autonomy and accountability, payments system, and central bank... more...

  • The Adoption of Indirect Instruments of Monetary Policyby Tomás Baliño

    International Monetary Fund 1995; US$ 7.50

    This paper examines the experience of implementing indirect instruments of monetary policy. The experiences of country studies illustrate the variety of circumstances under which indirect instruments of monetary policy have been introduced. Case Studies are presented for Chile, Egypt, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico, New Zealand, and Poland. more...

  • Economic Reforms in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistanby International Monetary Fund

    International Monetary Fund 1999; US$ 9.00

    This occasional paper provides an overview of the economic reform experiences of the Central Asian states of the former Soviet Union since their independence at the turn of the decade. The choice of countries reflects not only a geographical grouping, but also similarities in the types of transition challenges faced by these countries notwithstanding... more...

  • Financial Sector Crisis and Restructuring:Lessons from Asiaby Leslie Teo

    International Monetary Fund 2000; US$ 9.00

    This paper reviews the policy responses of Indonesia, Korea, and Thailand to the Asian crisis that erupted in 1997 and compares the actions of these three countries with those of Malaysia and the Philippines, which were buffeted by the crisis. Although work is still under way in all the affected countries, and thus any judgements are necessarily tentative,... more...

  • Philippines: Toward Sustainable and Rapid Growthby Markus Rodlauer

    International Monetary Fund 2000; US$ 9.00

    This Occasional Paper discusses the policies behind the favorable economic performance of the Philippines during the 1990s, when it emerged from a long period of slow growth and economic imbalances and managed to escape the "Asian crisis" relatively unscathed. The Philippines' recent experience suggests valuable lessons for emerging economies' efforts... more...

  • A Banking Union for the Euro Areaby Rishi Goyal

    International Monetary Fund 2013; US$ 5.00

    The SDN elaborates the case for, and the design of, a banking union for the euro area. It discusses the benefits and costs of a banking union, presents a steady state view of the banking union, elaborates difficult transition issues, and briefly discusses broader EU issues. As such, it assesses current plans and provides advice. It is accompanied... more...

  • Estimating the Costs of Financial Regulationby Andre Santos

    International Monetary Fund 2012; US$ 5.00

    Staff Discussion Notes showcase the latest policy-related analysis and research being developed by individual IMF staff and are published to elicit comment and to further debate. These papers are generally brief and written in nontechnical language, and so are aimed at a broad audience interested in economic policy issues. This Web-only series replaced... more...