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The Reserve Bank of India’s Trilemma Choice

The Reserve Bank of India, like most central banks, has to choose between the three corners of the impossible trinity, that is, free capital flows, monetary policy independence and exchange rate stability. This article uses the Aizenman et al (2008) framework to analyse the trilemma choice of the RBI over 2000–22. The results provide interesting insights into the RBI’s shifting position in managing the impossible trinity over the years.

Cost and Profit Efficiency of Indian Banks during 1986-2003

This study examines efficiency of all scheduled commercial banks in India for whom data was available for the period 1986-2003. We employ the technique of stochastic frontier analysis to estimate bank-specific cost and profit efficiency. We find that while cost efficiency of the banking industry increased during the period, profit efficiency underwent a decline. This result is expected in an emerging economy undergoing a process of deregulation. In terms of bank groups, domestic banks appear to be more efficient than foreign banks.

Impact of Terrorist Attacks in US

The impact of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001 has generated a consensus that the attacks would have an impact on financial markets, foreign exchange markets, commodity markets and many other macroeconomic variables. This essay is an attempt to examine the impact of the attacks on exchange rates, stock prices and prices of some commodities. Our results demonstrate that the impact on stock prices is short-lived whereas the effect on exchange rates is persistent. We also note that exchange rates behave differently for developed countries compared to the developing ones. Finally, movement of commodity prices in India is similar to that of global prices.

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