Macroeconomics for Growth in Emerging Economies
Working Paper #35
In this article we analyze, first, why funds continued to flow towards emerging economies while fundamentals in host countries had been deteriorating before the Asian crisis (a rising external deficit, with a significant liquid component; appreciating exchange rates; low capital formation, particularly in Latin America), and why funding remains dry for long since 1998; the role of the nature of the predominant agents and of a process of flows rather than one shot building of stock of foreign capital are stressed. Then, the analysis focuses on the interrelations of capital flows and fiscal, monetary and exchange-rate policies. Finally, some policy implications are presented for boom-and-bust stages of cycles led by capital flows.
About the Authors
Teaching Assistant, Economics
Professor of Economics
University of Chile
Ricardo Ffrench-Davis is the Professor of Economics at the University of Chile. He holds the Chilean National Prize for the Humanities and Social Sciences. He is Chairperson of the Committee for Development Policy of the United Nations in 2007-March 2010 and has represented Presidents Ricardo Lagos and Michelle Bachelet in the International Initiative to Fight Hunger and Poverty. He received a PHD degree in Economics from the University of Chicago. Previous positions include the Principal Regional Adviser of ECLAC, 1992-2005; Director of Research and Chief Economist, Central Bank of Chile, 1964-70 and 1990-92; Co-founder and Vice-President of the Center for Economic Research on Latin America (CIEPLAN), 1975-89. He has published 21 books and over 130 articles on international trade and finance, development strategies, and Latin American economies. Author of Reforming Latin America’s Economies after Market Fundamentalism, Palgrave Macmillan, N.Y., 2006; and Economic Reforms in Chile: From Dictatorship to Democracy, second edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.