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The Underpinnings Of Country Risk Assessment


  • Susan K. Schroeder


This paper surveys the history and current status of country risk assessment. The motivation is to understand why it is that country risk assessors have such a poor track record in anticipating the onset of financial crises. The development of the field reflects changes in the composition of international capital flows. These changes have confounded a definition of country risk, especially if a definition is centered on a particular event. It is then argued that the field has reached an impasse, and this impasse is related to the methods of abstraction and the current crisis of vision within the science of economics. This crisis of vision, as it pertains to theories of financial crises, has led to increased reliance on quantitative methods in the field of country risk. The paper concludes by proposing a new direction for the field, the first step towards which is to recognize that the object of country risk assessment is not to monitor for a particular event or symptom of financial crisis, but, rather, to monitor for a particular state of the economy. Copyright © 2008 The Author. Journal compilation © 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Susan K. Schroeder, 2008. "The Underpinnings Of Country Risk Assessment," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 22(3), pages 498-535, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jecsur:v:22:y:2008:i:3:p:498-535

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    1. Guth, William D., 2009. "Developing new avenues for growth: Challenges presented by five trends in the global environment," Journal of International Management, Elsevier, vol. 15(3), pages 251-261, September.

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