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How to Spend It: Commodity and Non-Commodity Sovereign Wealth Funds

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  • Helmut Reisen

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Sovereign wealth funds have become important players in global financial markets. But their investments have repeatedly raised concerns, such as fear of industrial espionage or geopolitical threats. This paper argues that the principal motivation for setting up SWFs should put such concerns into the appropriate perspective. Development economics can explain both the funding sources and the motives that have led to the recent SWF boom, thus helping to prevent the imposition of investment restrictions in OECD countries.

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Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Development Centre Policy Briefs with number 38.

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Date of creation: 11 Sep 2008
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Handle: RePEc:oec:devaab:38-en

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  1. M S McKenzie, 2011. "The Macroeconomics of Sovereign Wealth Funds," Economics Series 2011_6, Deakin University, Faculty of Business and Law, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance.
  2. Steffen Kern, 2009. "Sovereign Wealth Funds : New Economic Realities and the Political Responses," Revue d'Économie Financière, Programme National Persée, vol. 9(1), pages 255-269.
  3. Schalast, Christoph & Tiemann, Marcel & Tuppi, Pascal, 2009. "Staatsfonds - neue Akteure an den Finanzmärkten?," Frankfurt School - Working Paper Series 114, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.
  4. Steffen Kern, 2009. "Fonds souverains : nouvelles réalités économiques et réponses politiques," Revue d'Économie Financière, Programme National Persée, vol. 9(1), pages 275-289.
  5. Sun, Xiaolei & Li, Jianping & Wang, Yongfeng & Clark, Woodrow W., 2014. "China's Sovereign Wealth Fund Investments in overseas energy: The energy security perspective," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 65(C), pages 654-661.
  6. Gawdat Bahgat, 2011. "Sovereign wealth funds in the Gulf - an assessment," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 55015, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  7. Steffen Kern, 2008. "Control Mechanisms for Sovereign Wealth Funds in Selected Countries," CESifo DICE Report, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 6(4), pages 41-48, December.

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