International Center for Monetary and Banking Studies (ICMB)
The International Centre for Monetary and Banking Studies was created in 1973 as an independent, non-profit foundation. It is associated with Geneva’s Graduate Institute of International Studies. Its aim is to foster exchanges of views between the financial sector, central banks and academics on issues of common interest. It is financed through grants from banks, financial institutions and central banks.
The Center sponsors international conferences, public lectures, original research and publications. It has earned a solid reputation in the Swiss and international banking community where it is known for its contribution to bridging the gap between theory and practice in the field of international banking and finance. In association with CEPR, the Center launched a new series of Geneva Reports on the World Economy in 1999. The eleven subsequent volumes have attracted considerable interest among practitioners, policy-makers and scholars working on the reform of international financial architecture. The ICMB is non-partisan and does not take any view on policy. Its publications, including the present report, reflect the opinions of the authors, not of ICM or any of its sponsoring institutions.
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