No ‘credit crunch' in the Middle East after Basel I, IMF paper finds

IMF headquarters in Washington DC

Macroeconomic variables appear to be more dominant in determining credit growth than capital adequacy in the Middle East - regardless of variation across banks by nationality and ownership, a recent IMF research paper shows.

Despite fears of a significant reduction in the supply of credit following the implementation of the 1988 Basel I Accord - which require banks to hold capital in proportion to their perceived credit risks - Sami Ben Naceura and Magda Kandlib find in Basel Capital

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