The Global Capital Market: Benefactor or Menace?
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AbstractThis paper reviews the theoretical functions, history, and policy problems raised by the international capital market. The goal is to offer a perspective on both the considerable advantages the market offers and on the genuine hazards it poses, as well as on avenues through which it constrains national policy choices. A duality of benefits and risks is inescapable in the real world of asymmetric information and imperfect contract enforcement. The author argues, however, that, in confronting the global capital market, the way to maximize net benefits is to encourage economic integration while attacking concomitant distortions and unwanted side effects at, or close to, their sources.
CitationObstfeld, Maurice. 1998. "The Global Capital Market: Benefactor or Menace?" Journal of Economic Perspectives, 12 (4): 9-30. DOI: 10.1257/jep.12.4.9
- F02 International Economic Order
- F30 International Finance: General
- F21 International Investment; Long-term Capital Movements
- O19 International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations
- E52 Monetary Policy