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Thursday, March 03, 2011

"Global Imbalances without Tears"

Ken Rogoff:

I am not advocating a return to the early Middle Ages, when Church usury laws forbade interest on loans. Back then, financial-market participants had to devise fantastic schemes and contortions to disguise interest payments.
Yet... Perhaps scholars who argue that Islamic financial systems’ prohibition on interest generates massive inefficiencies ought to be looking at these systems for positive ideas that Western policymakers might adopt.

    Posted by on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 02:30 AM in Economics, International Finance | Permalink  Comments (10)


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