This book examines monetary policy, central banking and exchange rate regimes in the Middle East and North Africa. Part I covers central banking and monetary policy, while Part II covers monetary policy and exchange rate regimes. Some chapters focus on the monetary frameworks of particular countries, including Lebanon, Algeria, Syria, Tunisia, Morocco, and Turkey, outlining the different systems operated in each case, considering their successes and failures, and discussing important issues such as government policy, macroeconomic performance, inflation and inflation targeting, central bank independence and the impact of broader political economic developments on the conduct of monetary policy. Other chapters cover thematic issues across the whole region, including: central bank independence, operations of debtor central banks, the effect of exchange rates on inflation, and the effect on countries’ trade of alternative exchange rate regimes. Drawing on the insights of scholars and policy-makers, this book is a vital resource for anyone wanting to understand the economies of the Middle East and North Africa.
1. Introduction David Cobham and Ghassan Dibeh Part 1: Central Banking and Monetary Policy 2. The Political Economy of Central Banking in the MENA Region with Special Reference to Lebanon Ghassan Dibeh 3. The Degree of Legal Central Bank Independence in MENA Countries: International Comparison and Macroeconomic Implications Enrico Gisolo 4. Monetary Policy Operations of Debtor Central Banks in MENA Countries Gunther Schnabl and Franziska Schober 5. Central Bank Independence in a MENA Transition Economy: The Experience of Algeria Abdallah Zouache and Mohamed-Cherif Ilmane 6. Inflation Targeting and Financial Fragility in Tunisia Adel Boughrara, Mongi Boughzala and Hassouna Moussa Part 2: Monetary Policy and Exchange Rate Regimes 7. Alternative Exchange Rate Regimes for MENA Countries: Gravity Model Estimates of the Trade Effects Christopher Adam and David Cobham 8. Exchange Rate Arrangements and Price Stability in MENA Countries Elias El-Achkar and Wassim Shahin 9. Exchange Rate Regimes for Small Countries: An Application to the Maghreb Countries Chrysost Bangaké, Jean-Baptiste Desquilbet and Nabil Jedlane 10. Estimating Central Bank Behaviour in Emerging Markets: The Case of Turkey Ozan Hatipoglu and C. Emre Alper 11. A Common Currency for Middle Eastern and North African Countries? Lessons from the European Monetary Union Sergio Rossi
The Middle East continues to dominate in the news and current affairs coverage of the media both in global and regional contexts. Despite this growing and intensified interest in recent years, it is widely recognised that the region is largely underrepresented in a range of disciplines in the scholarly and academic domains.
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