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Managing Capital Flows: Macroeconomic Analysis and Policies (MCF)


This course, presented by the Institute for Capacity Development, is devoted to fostering understanding of the dynamics of capital flows and their effects on economic growth, macroeconomic volatility, and risk of crisis. The course starts with a refresher on balance of payments statistics and a description of alternative measures of capital flows and financial (capital) account openness. The second part of the course introduces the determinants of capital flows and the link between these flows and economic growth, macroeconomic volatility, and crisis risk. The course continues with a discussion of sequencing capital account liberalization to reap the benefits of capital market integration while minimizing and mitigating its adverse effects. This is followed by coverage of analytical methods and data sources for the analysis and forecasting of capital flows.  The course concludes with a discussion the IMF’s Institutional View on capital flows and how it relates to macroeconomic policy, financial regulation, and exchange rate intervention. The course includes case studies of actual crises, so that participants learn how policy setting and failure to recognize and address the buildup of vulnerabilities led to crisis. Throughout the course, participants are expected to engage in discussions and work on practical workshop exercises to solidify their understanding of the lecture material.

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    Target Audience

    Mid-level to senior officials from central banks, ministries of finance, and other government agencies.

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    Participants will be expected to have an advanced degree in economics or equivalent experience, and to be proficient in the use of Excel.

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    Course Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

    • Explain the dynamics of the capital account using the balance of payments of a given country.
    • Identify the financial and economic risks that a global capital market creates for both small and large economies.
    • Determine what challenges a country faces in attempting to stabilize the economy under different economic scenarios.
    • Understand the appropriate sequencing of capital account liberalization and associated reforms.
    • Identify how policy actions can influence or prevent the occurrence of capital account crises.
    • Evaluate the impact of financial reform policies on both economic growth and the risk of financial crisis.
    • Understand the key features of the IMF’s Institutional View, and the use of macroeconomic policies, macroprudential measures and capital flow management tools.
    • Propose policy actions to address or avoid future crises and reduce their costs.
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    This two-week course is devoted to fostering the understanding of the dynamics of capital flows and their effects on growth, macroeconomic volatility, and crisis risk. The course discusses the policy options available to reap the benefits of capital market integration while minimizing and mitigating its adverse consequences.

    Through studies of actual crises, participants will learn how policy settings and failures in recognizing and addressing the buildup of vulnerabilities lead to crisis. They will also study what policies different countries put in place to stabilize the economy and how the economy evolved and recovered.

    Topics to be covered include the benefits and costs of financial integration; the capital inflow problem; and models of currency crises and sudden stops of capital inflows. Workshops and case studies are important components of the course. They allow the participants to grasp better the concepts and to take advantage of the experience of the instructors.

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    Upcoming Offering

    Start date End date Location Session No. Primary & (Interpretation) language Apply
    February 20, 2023 March 3, 2023 Singapore, Singapore ST 23.07V English Cancelled
    November 6, 2023 November 17, 2023 Vienna, Austria JV 23.33 English (Russian) Apply online by August 13, 2023
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