Policymakers around the world often worry about decreases in real-estate prices and other asset prices, and take measures to prevent them. For example, in the aftermath of the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve has engaged in large-scale asset purchases – especially of mortgage-backed assets – to support the housing market and, in turn, the overall economy.
Dark side of housing-price appreciation
Indraneel Chakraborty, Itay Goldstein, Andrew MacKinlay, 25 November 2013
How to get around credit constraints? The role of renting and leasing during financial crises
Peter N. Gal, Gabor Pinter, 21 September 2013
How does the ownership of capital affect the aggregate behaviour of the economy? Does it matter whether firms own or rent production capital such as machinery, equipment, offices, and structures?
Informal or formal financing: First evidence on co-funding of Chinese firms
Hans Degryse, Liping Lu, Steven Ongena, 21 August 2013
The credit squeeze in June 2013 has triggered policymakers’ concern worldwide about a potential debt crisis in China, while at the same time the Chinese government has moved to crack down on undisciplined lending in order to alleviate the debt-bubble fears emanating from the shadow banking system.1
Save more to improve infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean
Eduardo Cavallo, 3 April 2013
Saving and investment, like the chicken and the egg, involve circular causality. But regardless of causality, there is no doubt that Latin America and the Caribbean need more of both.
That the region has an infrastructure problem hardly requires an explanation:
Fire-sale FDI: All smoke and no fire?
Ron Alquist, Linda Tesar, Rahul Mukherjee, 26 March 2013
When times are bad, governments tend to welcome foreign direct investment, but they worry that they are selling the family silver for cheap. This ‘fire-sale FDI’ phenomenon, as Krugman called it in the 1990s, is a perennial concern of nations whose currencies have recently plummeted.
Public investments for long-term economic growth: the case of health
Michael Stolpe, 22 March 2013
Crisis or not, healthcare cries out for large-scale public investments that lock in what appears to be an historic trough in government borrowing costs in many of the world’s advanced countries.
Avoiding middle-income growth traps
Pierre-Richard Agénor, Otaviano Canuto, Michael Jelenic, 21 December 2012
In the postwar era, many countries have managed to quickly reach middle-income status, but few have gone on to become high-income economies1. Rather, after an initial period of rapid ascent, many countries have experienced a sharp slowdown in growth and productivity, falling into what has been called a ‘middle-income trap’:
Oil exporters’ dilemma: How much to save and how much to invest
Reda Cherif, Fuad Hasanov, 10 November 2012
Policymakers in many commodity-exporting countries confront the question of how much to consume, save, and invest out of revenues from commodity exports (see van der Ploeg and Venables 2008). In the face of highly volatile commodity revenues (especially from oil), governments have to balance several objectives at the same time.
Foreign banks and the global financial crisis: Investment and lending behaviour
Stijn Claessens, Neeltje van Horen, 31 January 2012
Foreign banks have in many countries become important sources of financial intermediation. Given this importance, understanding the impact of the financial crisis on foreign-bank behaviour is important. Questions being asked include:
New light on choice of investment strategy
Dimitri Vayanos, Paul Woolley, 18 January 2012
January finds many pondering the issue of what to do with their savings in the new year. There are two primary and distinct techniques of asset management: momentum and fair value.
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