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Income and Democracy: Lipset's Law Revisited

by Anke Hoeffler & Robert H. Bates

We revisit Lipset's law, which posits a positive and significant relationship between income and democracy. Using dynamic and heterogeneous panel data estimation techniques, we find a significant and negative...


Modeling Sterilized Interventions and Balance Sheet Effects of Monetary Policy in a New-Keynesian Framework

by Jaromir Benes & Andrew Berg

We study a wide range of hybrid inflation-targeting (IT) and managed exchange rate regimes, analyzing their implications for inflation, output and the exchange rate in the presence of various domestic and external...


Liquidity and Transparency in Bank Risk Management

by Lev Ratnovski

Banks may be unable to refinance short-term liabilities in case of solvency concerns. To manage this risk, banks can accumulate a buffer of liquid assets, or strengthen transparency to communicate solvency....


Bond Markets in Africa

by Yibin Mu & Peter Phelps

African bond markets have been steadily growing in recent years, but nonetheless remain undeveloped. African countries would benefit from greater access to financing and deeper financial markets. This paper...


Information Rigidity and the Expectations Formation Process: A Simple Framework and New Facts

by Olivier Coibion & Yuriy Gorodnichenko

We propose a new approach to test the full-information rational expectations hypothesis which can identify whether rejections of the arise from information rigidities. This approach quantifies the economic significance...


You Never Give Me Your Money? Sovereign Debt Crises, Collective Action Problems, and IMF Lending

by Marco Committeri & Francesco Spadafora

We review the impact of the global financial crisis, and its spillovers into the sovereign sector of the euro area, on the international "rules of the game" for dealing with sovereign debt crises. These rules...


Chronicle of a Decline Foretold: Has China Reached the Lewis Turning Point?

by Mitali Das & Papa M N'Diaye

China is on the eve of a demographic shift that will have profound consequences on its economic and social landscape. Within a few years the working age population will reach a historical peak, and then begin...


Assessing the Determinants of Interest Rate Transmission Through Conditional Impulse Response Functions

by Christian Saborowski & Sebastian Weber

We employ a structural panel VAR model with interaction terms to identify determinants of effective transmission from central bank policy rates to retail lending rates in a large country sample. The framework...


Boosting Competitiveness to Grow Out of Debt-Can Ireland Find a Way Back to Its Future?

by Mwanza Nkusu

This paper investigates the prospects for Ireland to grow its economy against the backdrop of high indebtedness. The paper uses vector autoregressive analysis to explore the interlinkages among competitiveness,...


Trade Flows, Multilateral Resistance, and Firm Heterogeneity

by Alberto Behar & Benjamin D. Nelson

We present a gravity model that accounts for multilateral resistance, firm heterogeneity and country-selection into trade, while accommodating asymmetries in trade flows. A new equation for the proportion of...


Bank Debt in Europe "Are Funding Models Broken"

by Mrs. Vanessa Le Lesle

The crisis in Europe has underscored the vulnerability of European bank funding models compared to international peers. This paper studies the drivers behind this fragility and examines the future of bank funding,...


Competition Among Exchanges and Enforcement Policy

by Cecilia Caglio & Andrea Pescatori

In this paper, we explore how competition among stock exchanges, operated as self-regulatory organizations (SROs), affects the design of their members' surveillance. We develop a model where two for-profit SROs...


The University and the City

by John Goddard & Paul Vallance

Universities are being seen as key urban institutions by researchers and policy makers around the world. They are global players with significant local direct and indirect impacts - on employment, the built...


Routledge Handbook of Major Events in Economic History

by Randall E. Parker & Robert M. Whaples

 The Handbook of Major Events in Economic History aims to introduce readers to the important macroeconomic events of the past two hundred years. The chapters endeavour to explain what went on and why during...


Post-Kyoto Climate Governance: Confronting the Politics of Scale, Ideology and Knowledge

by Asim Zia

In the midst of human-induced global climate change, powerful industrialized nations and rapidly industrializing nations are still heavily dependent on fossil fuels. Even if we arrive at a Hubbert's peak for...


Climate Economics: The State of the Art

by Frank Ackerman & Elizabeth A. Stanton

Climate science paints a bleak picture: The continued growth of greenhouse gas emissions is increasingly likely to cause irreversible and catastrophic effects. Urgent action is needed to prepare for the initial...


Essays on Classical and Marxian Political Economy: Collected Essays IV

by Samuel Hollander

Samuel Hollander's work has been provoking debate for over four decades. This book brings together key contributions of recent years, in addition to some brand new pieces. The essays are introduced by a Preface...


Financial Crises Explanations, Types, and Implications

by Stijn Claessens & M. Ayhan Kose

This paper reviews the literature on financial crises focusing on three specific aspects. First, what are the main factors explaining financial crises? Since many theories on the sources of financial crises...


Growth Forecast Errors and Fiscal Multipliers

by Olivier J. Blanchard & Daniel Leigh

This paper investigates the relation between growth forecast errors and planned fiscal consolidation during the crisis. We find that, in advanced economies, stronger planned fiscal consolidation has been associated...


Why Are the G-20 Data Gaps Initiative and the Sdds Plus Relevant for Financial Stability Analysis?

by Robert M. Heath

In the wake of the recent global crisis the international community is giving an increased focus on stability of the financial system, so-called financial stability analysis. With the increasing need for data...