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Marc Quintyn, and Michael Taylor
Published Date:
March 2004
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The IMF launched the Economic Issues series in 1996 to make the IMF staffs research findings accessible to the public. Economic Issues are short, nontechnical monographs on topical issues written for the nonspecialist reader. They are published in six languages—English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish. Economic Issue No. 32, like the others in the series, reflects the opinions of its authors, which are not necessarily those of the IMF.

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ISBN 9781589063099

ISSN 1020-5098

Published January 2004

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This Economic Issue is based on IMF Working Paper WP/02/46, Regulatory and Supervisory Independence and Financial Stability, March 2002. Brenda Szittya prepared the text. Citations for the studies reviewed are provided in the original paper, which readers can purchase from IMF Publication Services ($15.00) or download from

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