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Monetary stability and interest-free banking: the case of Iran


  • Mahmood Yousefi
  • Sohrab Abizadeh
  • Ken McCormick


Previous research has suggested that Islamic banking systems may be more stable than Western systems. However, this contention has only been tested empirically for the case of Tunisia, a country with no significant history of Islamic banking. This paper replicates the study done on Tunisia for the case of Iran, a country with some history of Islamic banking. The results are mixed, with some evidence both for and against the hypothesis of greater stability for Islamic banking. It is suggested that a good deal more work must be done to prove claims about the relative stability of Islamic banking.

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  • Mahmood Yousefi & Sohrab Abizadeh & Ken McCormick, 1997. "Monetary stability and interest-free banking: the case of Iran," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 29(7), pages 869-876.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:29:y:1997:i:7:p:869-876
    DOI: 10.1080/000368497326525

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