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Defining Financial Stability

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  • Garry J. Schinasi

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The main objective of this paper is to propose a definition of financial stability that has some practical and operational relevance. Financial stability is defined in terms of its ability to facilitate and enhance economic processes, manage risks, and absorb shocks. Moreover, financial stability is considered a continuum: changeable over time and consistent with multiple combinations of the constituent elements of finance. The paper also discusses several practical implications of the definition that should be considered when using it for policy analysis or developing an analytical framework.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 04/187.

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Length: 19
Date of creation: 01 Oct 2004
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:04/187

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Keywords: Financial stability; financial system; financial institutions; financial instability; financial markets; financial systems; financial services; international capital; social welfare; financial fragility; financial regulation; financial intermediaries; financial assets; financial contracts; financial market; financial sector; stock market crash; international capital markets; derivative; financial resources; market failure; bonds; equity markets; international financial system; stock market; economic welfare; moral hazard; financial economics; hedge;

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