Monetary Policies, Banking Systems, Regulatory Convergence, Efficiency and Growth in the Mediterrane (BOK)
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Monetary policies and international standards and norms on banking regulations have, once again, come to the forefront of the policy discussion in developed nations due to the recent crisis in the world's financial markets. This discussion is far from new, nor does it apply exclusively to the world's most advanced economies. A stable monetary policy and a sound and well-enforced regulatory regime can help developing nations channel financial resources more efficiently into investments. For open economies it can also act as a buffer, an important stability factor in today's shaky market environment. This book assesses the challenges facing monetary policies and the independence of central banks. It explores banking systems and examines the impact of monetary policy and banking sector regulations on bank efficiency and economic growth in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean, at the same time investigating the level of convergence of regulatory practices and efficiency to EU Mediterranean standards.