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Financing Growth in the WAEMU Through the Regional Securities Market:  Past Successes and Current Challenges:

by Mame Astou Diouf & Mr. Francois Boutin-Dufresne

The West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) regional securities market saw increasing activity in the last decade, but still fell short of supplying sufficient long-term financing for growth-enhancing...


The Need for "Un-consolidating" Consolidated Banks' Stress Tests:

by Eugenio Cerutti & Mr. Christian Schmieder

The recent crisis has spurred the use of stress tests as a (crisis) management and early warning tool. However, a weakness is that they omit potential risks embedded in the banking groups' geographical structures...


What's in It for Me? A Primer on Differences between Islamic and Conventional Finance in Malaysia

by Olga Krasicka & Sylwia Nowak

What attracts conventional investors to Islamic financial instruments? We answer this question by comparing Malaysian Islamic and conventional security prices and their response to macrofinancial factors. Our...


Fiscal Foresight and Information Flows

by Eric M. Leeper & Todd B. Walker

News - or foresight - about future economic fundamentals can create rational expectations equilibria with non-fundamental representations that pose substantial challenges to econometric efforts to recover the...


Striking an Appropriate Balance Among  Public Investment, Growth, and Debt Sustainability in Cape Verde:

by Mr. Yibin Mu

Despite relatively fast economic growth over the past few years, Cape Verde's public debt to GDP ratio has risenrapidly. Achieving an appropriate balance among public investment, growth, and debt sustainability...


How Effective Is Monetary Transmission in Low-Income Countries? A Survey of the Empirical Evidence

by Prachi Mishra & Peter Montiel

This paper surveys the evidence on the effectiveness of monetary transmission in low-income countries. It is hard to come away from this review with much confidence in the strength of monetary transmission in...


Taxation and Leverage in International Banking:

by Ms. Grace Weishi Gu & Ruud A. de Mooij

This paper explores how corporate taxes affect the financial structure of multinational banks. Guided by a simple theory of optimal capital structure it tests (i) whether corporate taxes induce subsidiary banks...


Local Governments' Fiscal Balance, Privatization, and Banking Sector Reform in Transition Countries

by Ernesto Crivelli

Several transition economies have undertaken fiscal decentralization reforms over the past two decades along with liberalization, privatization, and stabilization reforms. Theory predicts that decentralization...


Monitoring Systemic Risk Based on Dynamic Thresholds (PDF Download)

by Kasper Lund-Jensen

Successful implementation of macroprudential policy is contingent on the ability to identify and estimate systemic risk in real time. In this paper, systemic risk is defined as the conditional probability of...


Banks' Liability Structure and Mortgage Lending During the Financial Crisis (PDF Download)

by Jihad Dagher & Kazim Kazimov

We examine the impact of banks’ exposure to market liquidity shocks through wholesale funding on their supply of credit during the financial crisis in the United States. We focus on mortgage lending to minimize...


The Relationship between the Foreign Exchange Regime and Macroeconomic Performance in Eastern Africa

by Janet Gale Stotsky & Manuk Ghazanchyan

This study examines the relationship between the foreign exchange regime and macroeconomic performance in Eastern Africa. The study focuses on seven countries, five of which decisively liberalized their foreign...


Global and Regional Spillovers to Pacific Island Countries (PDF Download)

by Niamh Sheridan & Patrizia Tumbarello

Regional integration of Pacific Island countries (PICs) with Australia, New Zealand, and emerging Asia has increased over the last two decades. PICs have become more exposed to the region’s business cycles,...


Inflation and Income Inequality:  Is Food Inflation Different?

by James P Walsh & Jiangyan Yu

There is an extensive literature noting that high inflation can add to income inequality, and a parallel literature assessing the effect of rising food prices on the poor. This paper attempts to combine these...


Systemic Risk from Global Financial Derivatives: A Network Analysis of Contagion and Its Mitigation with Super-Spreader Tax:

by Ms. Sheri M. Markose

Financial network analysis is used to provide firm level bottom-up holistic visualizations of interconnections of financial obligations in global OTC derivatives markets. This helps to identify Systemically...


Too Much Finance? (PDF Download)

by Jean-Louis Arcand & Enrico Berkes

This paper examines whether there is a threshold above which financial development no longer has a positive effect on economic growth. We use different empirical approaches to show that there can indeed be "too...


Inequalities and Growth in the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Region:

by Olivier Basdevant & Dalmacio Benicio

This paper applies the work of Berg and Ostry (2011) to the SACU region, to identify how inequalities have played a role in growth in each of these countries, and elaborates policy options to mitigate the effects...


Fiscal Multipliers and the State of the Economy:

by Ms. Anja Baum & Mr. Marcos Poplawski-Ribeiro

Only a few empirical studies have analyzed the relationship between fiscal multipliers and the underlying state of the economy. This paper investigates this link on a country-by-country basis for the G7 economies...


Coordinating Climate and Trade Policies:  Pareto Efficiency and the Role of Border Tax Adjustments:

by Mr. Michael Keen & Mr. Christos Kotsogiannis

This paper explores the role of trade instruments in globally efficient climate policies, focusing on the central issue of whether some form of border tax adjustment (BTA) is warranted when carbon prices differ...


Spring Forward or Fall Back? The Post-Crisis Recovery of Firms:

by Leandro Medina

This paper studies corporate performance in the aftermath of the global crisis by examining 6,581 manufacturing firms in 48 developed and developing countries in 2010, identifying factors of resilience as well...


Global Financial Crisis, Financial Contagion, and Emerging Markets:

by Mr. F. Gulcin Ozkan & D. Filiz Unsal

The recent global financial crisis was the first in recent history that was triggered by problems in the financial system of the mature economies. Existing work on financial crisis in emerging market countries,...