Along with its painful ecomic costs, the financial crisis of 2008 raised concerns over the future of international policy making. As in recessions past, new policy initiatives emerged that placed greater importance on protecting national interests than promoting international ecomic cooperation. Whether in fiscal or monetary policies, the control of currencies and capital flows, the regulation of finance, or the implementation of protectionist policies and barriers to trade, there has been an almost worldwide trend toward the prioritizing of national ecomic security. But what are the underlying ecomic causes of this trend, and what can ecomic research reveal about the possible consequences? Prompted by these questions, Robert C. Feenstra and Alan M. Taylor have brought together top researchers with policy makers and practitioners whose contributions consider the ways in which the global ecomic order might address the challenges of globalization that have arisen over the last two decades and that have been intensified by the recent crisis. Chapters in this volume consider the critical linkages between issues, including exchange rates, global imbalances, and financial regulation, and plumb the political and ecomic outcomes of past policies for what they might tell us about the future of global ecomic cooperation.
Robert C. Feenstra is professor in the Department of Economics at the University of California, Davis, where he also holds the C. Bryan Cameron Distinguished Chair in International Economics. He is director of the International Trade and Investment Program of the NBER. Alan M. Taylor is the Souder Family Professor of Arts and Sciences in the Department of Economics at the University of Virginia and a research associate of the NBER.
The University of Chicago Press
Date of Publication
Economics: Professional & General
National Bureau of Economic Research Conference Report