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Globalization and National Financial Systems

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  • James A. Hanson
  • Patrick Honohan
  • Giovanni Majnoni

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The volume is divided into five traditional areas of finance: the macroeconomy, banking, securities markets, pension issues, and regulations. Four cross-cutting messages emerge. First, the erosion of national frontiers by trade, tourism, migration, and capital account liberalization means that residents of all countries have substantial financial assets, and often liabilities denominated in foreign currencies at home or abroad. Any analysis of national financial systems must take this into account. More important, this factor constrains governments' use of macroeconomic and financial policy and may contribute to economic fluctuations. Second, individuals and firms benefit substantially from the improved risk and return menu associated with global diversification. Diversification is of particular importance in developing countries where the lack of size and diversity of the national economy results in instability in the value of production. Third, the small size of most developing countries limits the efficiency and quality of financial services: banking, equity markets, and pensions. Thus cross-border provision of financial services, one facet of globalization, has potential benefits for small economies. Fourth, taking full advantage of the opportunities presented by globalization and minimizing its costs depend on effective regulation and supervision to ensure good quality information, transparency, market integrity, and prudent investing by banks and pension funds.

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This book is provided by The World Bank in its series World Bank Publications with number 15160 and published in 2003.

ISBN: 0-8213-5208-3
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Keywords: Economic Theory and Research Banks and Banking Reform Finance and Financial Sector Development - Financial Intermediation Macroeconomics and Economic Growth - Financial Economics Macroeconomics and Economic Growth - Macroeconomic Management;

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Cited by:
  1. Claessens, Stijn, 2006. "Access to financial services: a review of the issues and public policy objectives," Journal of Financial Transformation, Capco Institute, Capco Institute, vol. 17, pages 16-19.
  2. Obadan, Mike I., 2006. "Globalization of finance and the challenge of national financial sector development," Journal of Asian Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 17(2), pages 316-332, April.
  3. Stijn Claessens & Erik Feijen, 2006. "Financial Sector Development and the Millennium Development Goals," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, The World Bank, number 7145, February.
  4. Dewan Mostafizur Rahman Author_Email: & Kohinur Akter, 2011. "Financial Liberalization And Interest Rate Convergence-An Empirical Study On Bangladesh," 2nd International Conference on Business and Economic Research (2nd ICBER 2011) Proceeding, Conference Master Resources 2011-456, Conference Master Resources.
  5. Porzecanski, Arturo C., 2009. "Latin America: The Missing Financial Crisis," MPRA Paper, University Library of Munich, Germany 18780, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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