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Setting Up a Sovereign Wealth Fund; Some Policy and Operational Considerations


  • Christian B. Mulder
  • Amadou N Sy
  • Yinqiu Lu
  • Udaibir S Das


This paper offers a policy and operational "roadmap" to policymakers considering setting up an SWF. It should also be of interest to policymakers in countries where SWFs are already in place, to review their existing policies and operations. Finally, it offers an opportunity to identify areas where research in macroeconomics and finance should give further answers as to the adequacy of existing practice related to the setting up and management of SWFs, an area where practical considerations often lead theoretical research. For instance, policymakers should optimally consider both their sovereign assets and liabilities together with their macroeconomic objectives, when setting up an SWF.

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  • Christian B. Mulder & Amadou N Sy & Yinqiu Lu & Udaibir S Das, 2009. "Setting Up a Sovereign Wealth Fund; Some Policy and Operational Considerations," IMF Working Papers 09/179, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:09/179

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    1. Reiche, Danyel, 2010. "Sovereign wealth funds as a new instrument of climate protection policy? A case study of Norway as a pioneer of ethical guidelines for investment policy," Energy, Elsevier, vol. 35(9), pages 3569-3577.
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    3. Jarmuzek Mariusz & Mesa Puyo Diego & Nakhle Najla, 2016. "Designing a Fiscal Framework for a Prospective Commodity-producer: Options for Lebanon," Review of Middle East Economics and Finance, De Gruyter, vol. 12(3), pages 257-278, December.
    4. Roberto Iacono, 2015. "The Basilicata Wealth Fund: Resource Policy and Long-run Economic Development in Southern Italy," Working Papers 2015.96, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
    5. Xin Xu & Ahmed El-Ashram & Judith Gold, 2015. "Too Much of a Good Thing? Prudent Management of Inflows under Economic Citizenship Programs," IMF Working Papers 15/93, International Monetary Fund.
    6. Bahgat, Gawdat, 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. Aaron Howard Clifford Brown & Michael G. Papaioannou & Iva Petrova, 2010. "Macrofinancial Linkages of the Strategic Asset Allocation of Commodity-Based Sovereign Wealth Funds," IMF Working Papers 10/9, International Monetary Fund.
    8. Iva Petrova & Jukka Pihlman & Peter J Kunzel & Yinqiu Lu, 2011. "Investment Objectives of Sovereign Wealth Funds; A Shifting Paradigm," IMF Working Papers 11/19, International Monetary Fund.
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