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Does Financial Globalization Induce Better Macroeconomic Policies?

Author/Editor: Tytell, Irina | Wei, Shang-Jin
Authorized for Distribution: May 1, 2004
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Summary: Monetary and fiscal policies around the world are in better shape today than two decades ago. This paper studies whether financial globalization has helped induce governments to pursue better macroeconomic policies (the "discipline effect"). The empirical tests have two innovations. First, we recognize potential endogeneity of the observed capital flows in a given country and employ an instrumental variable approach that relies on the autonomous (global) component of the capital flows. Second, we recognize inherent discreteness in defining good versus bad macroeconomic policies and use a transition matrix technique to determine whether capital flows are effective in inducing substantial qualitative policy shifts. Our results suggest that, in spite of the plausibility of the "discipline effect" in theory, it is not easy to find strong and robust causal evidence. There is some evidence that financial globalization may have induced countries to pursue low-inflation monetary policies. However, there is no evidence that it has encouraged low budget deficits.
 
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Series: Working Paper No. 04/84
Subject(s): Globalization | Financial sector | Inflation targeting | Capital flows
Author's keyword(s): Discipline effect | capital flows | mood swings | inflation | and deficit
 
English  
    Published:   May 1, 2004        
    ISBN/ISSN:   1934-7073   Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA0842004   Pages:   40
    Price:   US$15.00 (Academic Rate: US$15.00 )
       
     
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