Asian Regional Policy Coordination
Edwin M. Truman
Institute for International Economics (IIE)
December 5, 2011
Peterson Institute for International Economics Working Paper No. 11-21
This paper addresses two central questions for Asia and the world: (1) What is the purpose of Asian regional policy coordination going forward? (2) Will Asian regional policy coordination substitute or complement global policy coordination? The paper examines the potential coverage and content of such policy coordination, what is meant by Asia in this context, and how Asia fits in with global policy coordination processes. I address three related aspects of Asian regional policy coordination: macroeconomic policies, reserve management, and crisis management. I conclude that while the countries in the Asian region have not completely exploited the scope for regional policy coordination, more ambitious efforts focused on close integration are not likely to bear fruit, in particular, if they are conceived and promoted under the banner of Asian exceptionalism. These conclusions are based on two main considerations: First, Asian economies differ, and will continue to differ, sufficiently in size and stage of development such that it is difficult to conceive of a successful voluntary blending of their interests. Second, the central lesson of the global financial crisis and its current European coda is that global economic and financial integration has advanced sufficiently that countries can run but they cannot hide individually or in sub-global groups of countries.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 43
Keywords: Asia, Emerging Asia, Regional Arrangements, International Monetary Fund, Group of Twenty (G-20), Global Financial Safety Net, Special Drawing Rights, Chiang Mai Initiative, Chiang Mai Initiative Multilateralized, Current Account Adjustment, Exchange Rates
JEL Classification: F02, F15, F32, F33, F36, F42, F53, F55working papers series
Date posted: December 6, 2011
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