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The International Monetary Fund and Regulatory Challenges


  • Edwin M. Truman

    () (Peterson Institute for International Economics)


The International Monetary Fund (IMF) plays a substantial regulatory role in the international monetary and financial system. The IMF has been assigned a formal regulatory role in a limited number of areas such as obligations covering exchange rate policies. The Fund has a broader informal regulatory role derived from the voluntary consent of its members such as in surveillance over members’ financial sector policies and international payments imbalances. The IMF’s regulatory role is unlike that of its member governments within their own jurisdictions. The Fund’s formal and informal regulation must be constantly nurtured and renewed via peer-review processes.

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  • Edwin M. Truman, 2009. "The International Monetary Fund and Regulatory Challenges," Working Paper Series WP09-16, Peterson Institute for International Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:iie:wpaper:wp09-16

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    1. Morris Goldstein, 2011. "Integrating Reform of Financial Regulation with Reform of the International Monetary System," Working Paper Series WP11-5, Peterson Institute for International Economics.

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    IMF; Articles of Agreement; regulation; Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS); General Data Dissemination System (GDDS); Bretton Woods; WTO; special drawing rights (SDR);

    JEL classification:

    • F53 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Agreements and Observance; International Organizations
    • O19 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations
    • P45 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - International Linkages
    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations

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