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Blogs - Dec 2012

The multilateral approach to capital controls by Olivier Blanchard and Jonathan D Ostry
Tue, 2012-12-11 13:52
The IMF recently endorsed capital controls as useful policy responses to certain circumstances. This column explains the logic and the research that underpins the shift.

Global Capital Rules by Dani Rodrik
Thu, 2012-12-13 15:27
The IMF has now put its stamp of approval on capital controls, thereby legitimizing the use of taxes and other restrictions on cross-border financial flows. Now the task is to devise the traffic rules needed in a world where different sovereigns regulate finance in diverse ways.

The IMF’s Half Step by Kevin Gallagher
Thu, 2012-12-13 15:37
The IMF now recognizes that capital flows also bring risk, particularly in the form of inward surges and sudden stops, which can cause a great deal of financial instability. Unfortunately, the Fund’s new position on capital controls does not go far enough, in at least three ways.

The Real Winners and Losers of Globalization by Branko Milanovic
Mon, 2012-12-17 14:22
Who lost between 1988 and 2008? Mostly people in Africa, some in Latin America and former Communist countries.

Of Positivism and the History of Economic Thought1 by Bruce Caldwell
Mon, 2012-12-17 14:28
This is a speech that Bruce Caldwell gave to the Southern Economics Association in November.

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