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Money laundering in selected emerging economies: is there a role for banks?

Sulaiman Abdullah Saif Alnasser Mohammed (Department of Economic and Finance, College of Business Administrative, University of Hail, Hail, Saudi Arabia)

Journal of Money Laundering Control

ISSN: 1368-5201

Article publication date: 4 June 2020

Issue publication date: 25 May 2021




Understanding money laundering plays an important role in understanding economic growth (EG). Extensive research is conducted about that, previous research lacks answers about the relationship of anti-money laundering (AML) and EG by investigating the roles of the performance of Islamic banks, legal environment, financial crisis (FC) and bank size. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to cover that gap.


SmartPLS 3.0 was used and 33 Islamic banks were selected from developing countries between 2007 and 2010.


Note that AML, Islamic bank performance, legal environment, and FC are significantly related to EG.

Research limitations/implications

The research would be of importance to those seeking to understand the determinants of EG; it is also beneficial for those writing books about money laundering and Islamic banks in developing countries. The limitation of the study is the low number of Islamic banks that have complete data. Thus, this could be future research contribution.


To the best knowledge of the author, research on money laundering and Islamic banks in developing countries are not extensive, we have found an ample room to discuss the said variables.



Alnasser Mohammed, S.A.S. (2021), "Money laundering in selected emerging economies: is there a role for banks?", Journal of Money Laundering Control, Vol. 24 No. 1, pp. 102-110.



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