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Asian Perspectives on Financial Sector Reforms and Regulation

edited by Masahiro Kawai and Eswar S. Prasad

Publication Year: 2011

Although emerging economies as a group performed well during the global recession, weathering the recession better than advanced economies, there were sharp differences among them and across regions. The emerging economies of Asia had the most favorable outcomes, surviving the ravages of the global financial crisis with relatively modest declines in growth rates in most cases. China and India maintained strong growth during the crisis and played an important role in facilitating global economic recovery.

In this informative volume, the second in a series on emerging markets, editors Masahiro Kawai and Eswar Prasad and the contributors analyze the major domestic macroeconomic and financial policy issues that could limit the growth potential of Asian emerging markets, such as rising inflation and surging capital inflows, with the accompanying risks of asset and credit market bubbles and of rapid currency appreciation. The book examines strategies to promote financial stability, including reforms for financial market development and macroprudential supervision and regulation.

Published by: Brookings Institution Press

Front Cover

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Title Page

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Copyright Information

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Table of Contents

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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii

The financial systems of most Asian emerging markets proved relatively resilient to the global financial crisis. Still, as they attempt to maintain high and stable growth, these economies face substantial challenges in terms of developing their financial markets and strengthening regulatory frameworks. New paradigms for financial development and regulation will have to be suitably ...

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pp. ix-xiv

The global financial crisis that ravaged financial systems in the advanced economies and many emerging markets as well has necessitated the reconsideration of even the basic principles of financial regulation. Remarkably, emerging market financial systems in Asia have in general proved to be more robust and less affected by the global turmoil than their advanced economy counterparts. In ...

Part 1: Macroeconomic Frameworks for Financial Stability

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pp. 1-2

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1. Monetary Policy Challenges for Emerging Markets in a Globalized Environment

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pp. 3-29

In the period before the financial crisis, the prolonged period of low real interest rates in advanced economies led to financial imbalances in these economies. The outcome was a search for yield that resulted in carry trades and the increased financialization of commodity markets, which led to volatility in capital flows and exchange rates as well as to escalating commodity prices. These developments ...

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2. The Great Liquidity Freeze: What Does It Mean for International Banking?

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pp. 30-60

In mid-September 2008, following the bankruptcy of Lehman, the financial crisis became global. International interbank markets froze (box 2-1 lays out the main events). Interbank lending beyond very short maturities virtually evaporated. Three-month Libor (London interbank offered rate), the key benchmark for a wide range of financial contracts in money markets, rose sharply. Interest rate and ...

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3. Macroeconomic Policy Response to the International Financial Crisis through an Indian Prism

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pp. 61-98

It is difficult at this point in time, with little benefit of hindsight and still in the midst of crisis, to say whether we are passing through yet another of those financial crises that have punctuated economic history from time to time or whether we are indeed at a historic tipping point, a watershed that will fundamentally transform the global economy, the conduct of macroeconomic policy, financial ...

Part 2: Macroprudential Regulation

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pp. 99-100

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4. Macroprudential Approaches to Banking Regulation: Perspectives of Selected Asian Central Banks

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pp. 101-137

The past two decades have witnessed a high frequency of banking and financial crises. The blame for these crises is often laid upon macroeconomic policies, especially fiscal and exchange rate policies. Many also passionately argue that bank regulators could do more to ward off crises in the banking system. Borio, in particular, underscores the urgency to strengthen two core and integrated components ...

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5. The Role of Macroprudential Policy for Financial Stability in Asia's Emerging Economies

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pp. 138-163

Episodes of financial crises in both advanced and emerging economies over the past decade leave little doubt that the stability of consumer prices does not necessarily ensure financial stability. Although there is no universally accepted definition and operational measure of financial stability, wide swings in asset prices and the boom-bust credit cycles during much of the Great Moderation bear ...

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6. Macroprudential Approach to Regulation: Scope and Issues

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pp. 164-179

Explicit pursuit of macroeconomic and financial stability can be said to be the single most significant takeaway from the recent financial crisis. More than in the specifics, the importance of this mandate lies in decisively effecting a course correction with regard to the approach and philosophy for regulation of the financial system. It is now being acknowledged that a macroprudential perspective is ...

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7. Macroprudential Lessons from the Financial Crises: A Practitioner's View

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pp. 180-194

In this chapter, I focus on the issues of financial stability and central bank policies based on two episodes of financial crisis: one dating from twenty years ago in Japan and the other from three years ago in the United States. I first present one stylized account from a macroprudential perspective of the buildup in financial imbalances that led eventually to the financial crisis in the late 1980s in Japan. ...

Part 3: Financial Development

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pp. 195-196

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8. Financial Deepening and Financial Integration in Asia: What Have We Learned?

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pp. 197-222

The 1997 Asian financial crisis revealed the weaknesses of the region’s financial sectors. It had devastating impacts on the banking sector in some countries, most notably Indonesia, Thailand, and Republic of Korea. At the center of the crisis were currencies mismatches and maturity mismatches throughout the region. A currency mismatch occurs when residents of a country have assets ...

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9. The Development of Local Debt Markets in Asia: An Assessment

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pp. 223-252

Since the regional crisis of 1997–98, Asian emerging markets have focused considerable attention on developing domestic debt markets to reduce foreign exchange mismatches in their financial systems and to decrease the concentration of credit and maturity risks in banks.1 Besides building large foreign exchange reserve buffers, much of their effort has gone into local currency bonds, ...

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10. Indian Financial Market Development and Regulation: What Worked and Why?

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pp. 253-283

In this chapter I look at the regulation and development of financial markets in India over the last two decades and attempt to identify the strategies and approaches that have worked, contrasting them to those strategies and approaches that have not worked. I hope that the lessons from the Indian experience will be of relevance to other emerging markets, particularly in Asia. ...

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11. Financial Developments in India: Status and Challenges

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pp. 284-308

India—most certainly urban India—has changed beyond recognition in less than two decades. Undeniably much of that change is the result of the economic reforms put in place since 1991, which have fundamentally transformed the economy and, indeed, the very mind-set of India. The change is more visible in some industries than in others. These include aviation, telecommunication, ...


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pp. 309-310


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pp. 311-321

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9780815722113
E-ISBN-10: 0815722117

Page Count: 350
Publication Year: 2011