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Monetary Policy Challenges for Emerging Market Economies

28 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2009  

Eswar S. Prasad

Cornell University - Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management; Cornell University - Department of Economics; Brookings Institution; NBER; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Gill Hammond

Bank of England - Center for Central Banking Studies

Ravi Kanbur

Cornell University; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: August 4, 2009

Abstract

This paper introduces a significant collection of papers on monetary policy in emerging market economies, written by leading analysts and policymakers. Does existing economic theory provide lessons that are pertinent for designing effective monetary policy frameworks in emerging markets? What can be learnt from cross-country studies and from experiences of individual countries that have adopted different approaches? While country-specific circumstances and initial conditions matter a great deal in formulating suitable frameworks, are there clear general principles that can serve as a guide in this process? These are among the issues addressed in the dialogue between academics and policymakers represented in the volume. In this paper, we provide an overview of the main issues, linking them to broader debates in the academic literature as well as an assessment of how individual countries have chosen to respond to specific policy challenges and what the consequences have been. We discuss many controversies where there are still sharp differences in views between and amongst theorists and practitioners. We also delineate a few key analytical issues where there is still a yawning gap between theory and practice. In the process, we set out a broad agenda for further research in this area.

Keywords: monetary policy, emerging markets, global finance, global economics

Suggested Citation

Prasad, Eswar S. and Hammond, Gill and Kanbur, Ravi, Monetary Policy Challenges for Emerging Market Economies (August 4, 2009). Brookings Global Economy and Development Working Paper No. 36. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1492191 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1492191

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