World Capital Markets: Challenge to the G-10

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It is often pointed out that "for every bad borrower, and for every failed project, there is also a culpable lender or investor." This observation is particularly apt for the debate now raging in the capital markets: should private bankers and investment managers bear a greater share of the costs when financial crises erupt in emerging economies? Critics who have analyzed the "plumbing" of the world's financial architecture have thus far devoted enormous attention to the demand side —structural weaknesses in emerging markets. They have excoriated the IMF for ineptitude and policy mistakes.

But the authors of this study argue that financial leaders of the G-10 nations (industrial nations that were hardly affected by the crises of 1997-98) owe a responsibility -- both to their own citizens and the emerging markets -- to take a far more vigilant stance. Dobson and Hufbauer criticize the supply side of world capital markets and ask how G-10 capital suppliers can reform their own financial systems to make the world safe for large-scale international capital flows. They draw a comprehensive picture of international finance through an extensive review of capital flows, the major financial players behind these flows, and the balance between costs and benefits of international capital movements. The authors analyze the implications of changing the rules of the game and recommend specific policy measures.

About the Authors: Wendy S. Dobson, Visiting Fellow (1990-91, 1998), is Senior Fellow at the Faculty of Management at the University of Toronto. She served as Associate Deputy Minister of Finance in the Canadian government and Canada's G-7 Deputy (1987-89). She was president of the C.D. Howe Institute (1981-87) and has written on Canadian issues in macroeconomic and trade policy and on international economic relations, including Economic Policy Coordination: Requiem or Prologue? (1991) and coauthor of Financial Services Liberalization in the WTO (1998) with Pierre Jacquet. She is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Institute for International Economics.

Gary Clyde Hufbauer, Reginald Jones Senior Fellow, was formerly the Marcus Wallenberg Professor of International Finance Diplomacy at Georgetown University (1985-92); Deputy Director of the International Law Institute at Georgetown University (1979-81); Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Trade and Investment Policy of the US Treasury (1977-79); and Director of the International Tax Staff at the Treasury (1974-76). He has written extensively on international trade, investment, and tax issues. He is coauthor of NAFTA and the Environment: Seven Years Later (2000), coeditor of EX-IM Bank in the 21st Century: A New Approach (2000), Unfinished Business: Telecommunications after the Uruguay Round (1997), Flying High: Liberalizing Civil Aviation in the Asia Pacific (1996), Fundamental Tax Reform and Border Tax Adjustments (1996), Western Hemisphere Economic Integration (1994), Measuring the Costs of Protection in the United States (1994), NAFTA: An Assessment (rev. 1993), US Taxation of International Income (1992), North American Free Trade (1992), Economic Sanctions Reconsidered (2d edition 1990), Trade Policy for Troubled Industries (1986), and Subsidies in International Trade (1984).

Hyun Koo Cho, Research Associate at the Institute for International Economics, received his BA from Seoul National University in 1997 and his MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 1999.

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. . . a stimulating, well-written book on critical policy issues in international finance. [It] will be worthwhile reading for a wide range of policy analysts and makers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881323016
  • Publisher: Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 251
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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