Assiduously tracking the trends and consequences of globalization, the IMF's quarterly magazine Finance & Development has been a major forum for discussing-and dissecting-the policy options and challenges faced by governments in an era when many national decisions transcend borders. This valuable compilation of articles published over the past eight years focuses on financial globalization, including the policy implications of the huge growth in cross-border capital flows. Articles also look at the expansion of world trade, explore the impact of globalization on jobs, taxation, and the poor, and examine the digital divide between developed and some developing countries. An extraordinary summary that distills nearly a decade of accelerated change.
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The growing integration of the world economy—one of the main features of globalization—is increasingly affecting the policy choices of IMF member countries. For that reason, Finance & Development magazine has been tracking the trends and consequences of globalization, which refers to the increasing speed and ease with which goods, services, factors of production, the ownership of assets, information, ideas, and consumers themselves move across national borders.
This compilation of articles published over the past eight years in the pages of F&D examines the economic implications of, and responses to, globalization in an era when porous borders limit the domestic effectiveness of many national decisions while causing their effects to be transmitted internationally. As the title suggests, the focus is on financial globalization, including the policy implications of the huge growth in cross-border capital flows. Since 1995, these flows have tripled to $6.4 trillion, reaching about 14.5 percent of world GDP, after 15 years of staying within a relatively narrow range of 2–6 percent. Should the surge in capital swirling around the globe be cause for joy or alarm? Alarm seemed to dominate in the aftermath of the East Asian financial crisis in the late 1990s. But a major reappraisal is now under way of the costs and benefits of these global flows, especially since many developing countries are grappling with the question of whether they should open up more to these flows or use capital controls to resist them.
The compilation is the second to be published by F&D, following the collection of articles on health and development. By publishing the articles together, we hope that they will form a useful starting point for those examining the globalization of finance.
Finance & Development
Beyond the Blame Game
A new way of looking at financial globalization reexamines its costs and benefits
M. Ayhan Kose, Eswar Prasad, Kenneth Rogoff, and Shang-Jin Wei
Liberalizing Capital Account Restrictions
M. Ayhan Kose and Eswar Prasad
Global Capital Flows: Defying Gravity
Mangal Goswami, Jack Ree, and Ina Kota
The Paradox of Capital
Is foreign capital associated with economic growth and, if not, why does it flow “uphill”?
Eswar Prasad, Raghuram Rajan, and Arvind Subramanian
Globalization: The Story Behind the Numbers
Surmounting the Challenges of Globalization
Is Liberalization Reversible?
Globalization is unsettling for many despite its many benefits
Examining Global Imbalances
What new data tell us about the external wealth of nations
Philip R. Lane and Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti
Converting a Tiger
Lessons from India’s gradualist approach to capital account convertibility
Yaga Venugopal Reddy
Economic Policy Implications of Global Financial Flows
The lack of a lender of last resort creates a vacuum in the international institutional structure
The Changing Face of Investors
The implications for financial stability of the sharp rise in international capital flows
Ceyla Pazarbaşloğlu, Mangal Goswami, and Jack Ree
Dealing with Global Fluidity
With new forces shaping global capital markets, participants in international finance are well advised to rethink their operating models
Mohamed A. El-Erian
The Globalization of Finance
Despite considerable benefits to national economies, financial globalization has changed the structure of their markets
Are Foreign Investors in Emerging Market Economies a Panic-Prone Herd?
What are the consequences of herdlike behavior?
Eduardo Borensztein and R. Gaston Gelos
Small Fish, Big Pond
What is the future for developing country capital markets in a globalized economy?
Augusto de la Torre and Sergio Schmukler
Wising Up about Finance
With tighter links between national economies and global financial markets, better financial analysis is critical to macroeconomic management
The New World of Banking
Four trends altering the financial world pose challenges for the effective supervision and regulation of the financial sector
Tomás J.T. Baliño and Angel Ubide
Taking the Plunge Without Getting Hurt
An IMF study suggests that opening up to the global economy could help developing countries cope with the adverse effects of volatility on growth
M. Ayhan Kose, Eswar S. Prasad, and Marco E. Terrones
Lifting All Boats
A critical survey of recent studies on trade liberalization
Andrew Berg and Anne Krueger
Trade, Growth, and Poverty
How has increased participation in international trade affected developing countries economically?
David Dollar and Aart Kraay
Globalization at Work
Making the WTO More Supportive of Development
How to help developing countries integrate into the global trading system
Making Globalization Work for the Poor
Point-Counterpoint between Kevin Watkins and David Dollar and Aart Kraay
The numbers do not support the hype over job losses