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Course Summary and Motivation

The challenge of economic development has come to focus more and more on the role of finance – both its failures in the recent past and its prospects for the future.  In order to improve those prospects and prevent the recurring failures, the United Nations organized a global conference on “Finance for Development” in Monterrey, Mexico in March of 2002.  That event produced a consensus statement on the need to improve financial arrangements for developing countries.  That statement, and the research and policy discussions that have followed, will serve as background and as an organizing theme to the course.  This gives the course a close connection to the ongoing economic research and policy discussions on the issues of financing development.


The following is a syllabus for the Fall semester course IRP715-3/PPA 715.  This web page provides an outline and specific reading material for a general course on the subject of Financing for Development.  That more general class includes more sessions and has a longer reading list.  It consists of a series of topics covering the issue of Financing for Development.  Each session is designed to be covered in three of lecture and discussion.


Syllabus                                   [doc]  [pdf]

    (updated September 2006)

        Required reading indicated with a + sign, recommended reading with a •


Lectures        [go to new page with links to lectures]




1.  Introduction and Overview of course

         Background on Financing for Development Issues

         •  Background on the UN conference        www.un.org/esa/ffd

         +  Monterrey Consensus Statement        www.un.org/esa/ffd/Monterrey Consensus.pdf

         •   Secretary General's Report to the U.N., August 2004, International Financial System

         +  Secretary General's Report to the U.N. Summit, September 2005, Report

         +  NGO Policy Recommendations to the UN, 2005

         •   UN World Economic and Social Survey, 2005

         +  John Williamson on the Washington Consensus


2.  International Investment: Capital Market Liberalization


         +  Stiglitz, Capital Market Liberalization, Globalization and the IMF

         +  Stiglitz, Capital Market Liberalization and Exchange Rate Regimes: Risk Without Reward

         •  Dani Rodrik, Capital Market Liberalization, Who Needs Capital-Account Convertibility?

         •  Alex Cobham, Capital Account Liberalization and Poverty

         •  Eswar Prasad, Kenneth Rogoff, Shan-Jin Wei and M. Ayhan Kose,

                Effect of Financial Globalization on Developing Countries: Some Empirical Evidence

         +  Zahler, Robert, Moderating Fluctuations in Capital Flows to Emerging Market Economies


3.  Developing Country Debt

       Debt Burden, Debt Forgiveness & Bankruptcy procedures


         +  Kunibert Raffer, Debt Relief for Low Income Countries: Arbitration

         +  Randall Dodd, “Primer: Sovereign Debt Restructuring”


         •  John Nolan, FPF Special Policy Report 3, “Vulture Hedge Funds and Sovereign Debt”


         •  Frank Schroeder and Kathrin Berensmann, A proposal for a new International Debt Framework

         +  C.P. Chandrasekhar, Jayati Gosh and Smitha Francis, SDRM: Debt Restructuring or Liquidation?


4.  Developing Country Debt

      Local Currency Debt and Market Inefficiency


         •  Ricardo Hausmann and Barry Eichengreen, "Exchange Rates and Financial Fragility"

                   (the original article on Original Sin)

         +  Hausmann, Eichengreen and Panizza, Pain, Mystery and Redemption        

         +  Randall Dodd and Shari Spiegel, FPF Special Policy Report 9,

                  “Up From Sin: Portfolio Approach to Financial Salvation

         +  Randall Dodd, 1989, "Risky Foundations of Developing Country Finance"


5.  Credit in Times of Crisis

      Policy Mechanisms to Respond to Disruptions and Prevent Crises


         + Randall Dodd, Financial Policy Brief 23, “Providing Credit in Times of Crisis”


         + Ariel Buira, Allocating Special Drawing Rights to Increase International Financial Stability

         + Ariel Buira, Does the IMF Need More Financial Resources?

          •  Ricardo Caballero & Stavros Panageas, “Contingent Reserves Management: An Applied Framework.”

                    Central Bank of Chile.  www.financialpolicy.org/financedev/caballero.pdf

         •  Stephany Griffith-Jones & José Antonio Ocampo, What Progress on International Financial Reform?

         •  Sahli Neftci, Options Pricing of Lines of Credit


6.  Commodity Price Volatility and Trends

      Risk Management and Market Price Stabilization


         •  Randall Dodd, “What If Joseph Had Used Derivatives”

                     forthcoming at www.financialpolicy.org/dscreports.htm

         + Randall Dodd, “Protecting Developing Economies From Price Shocks”


         +  Eminent Persons’ Report on Commodities

         •  Irfan Al Haque, Commodities as a Development Issue

         +  Irfan Al Haque, “Commodities under Neoliberalism: The Case of Cocoa”

         +  World Bank paper on commodity price risk management, 2002


7.  Capital Controls, Circuit Breakers and Transaction Taxes

         Capital Controls


         +  Dodd, Randall, FPF Primer on Capital Controls

         +  Gerald Epstein, Ilene Grabel and K.S. Jomo, Capital Management Techniques in Developing Countries 

         +  Agosin and Ffrench-Davis, Managing Capital Inflows in Chile

               •  Kaplan and Rodrik, Did The Malaysian Capital Controls Work?

               •  Stephany Griffith-Jones, Regulatory Challenges For Source Countries Of Surges In Capital Flows

               •  Ilene Grabel, Capital Controls and Transaction Taxes


      Circuit Breakers

               +  Ilene Grabel, Trip Wires and Speed Bumps

               •  Ilene Grabel, Averting crisis? Assessing measures to manage financial integration in emerging economies


8.  Financial Transaction Taxes

      Transaction or "Tobin" Tax

               +  Dodd, Primer on Transaction Tax

               +  Dodd, Lessons for Tobin Tax Advocates

                 Dodd, Manuscript: reply to Challenge articless

                 Tobin, Eastern Economic Review

               +  Spahn, On the Feasibility of a Transactions Tax on Foreign Exchange

                 Baker, Pollin, Securities Transaction Tax

                 Grabel, Currency Transaction Taxes: A brief assessment of opportunities and Limitations

                 Karl Habermeier and Andrei A. Kirilenko, Securities Transaction Taxes and Financial Markets


9.  Developing Country Financial Market Regulation

         Prudential regulation for stability and growth


         +  Randall Dodd, FPF Special Policy Report 11, “Virtues of Prudential Regulation”


         +  Jose Antonio Ocampo, Counter-cyclical Policy and Prudential Regulation

         +  Liliana Rojas-Suarez, Domestic Financial Regulations in Developing Countries:

                  Can they Effectively Limit the Impact of Capital Account Volatility?


      Standards and Codes, and Basel II


         • Andrew Cornford, Key financial codes and standards: different views

         • Benu Schneider, Issues In Implementing Standards and Codes

         • Andrew Cornford, Basel II: The Revised Framework of June 2004

         • Stephany Griffith-Jones and Avinash Persaud, The Pro-Cyclical Impact Of Basle II On Emerging Markets

                   And Its Political Economy    www.financialpolicy.org/financedev/persaud.pdf


10. International Capital Markets and Derivatives Markets


           +  Randall Dodd, Special Policy Report 1, "Role of Derivatives in the East Asian Financial Crisis"

           •  Randall Dodd, "Derivatives, the Shape of International Capital Flows, and the Virtue of Prudential Regulation

           •  Randall Dodd, "The Consequences of Liberalizing Derivatives Markets"

           +  Randall Dodd and Stephany Griffith-Jones, Special Policy Report 14,

                  "ECLAC Report on Chilean Derivatives Market"


11. Inclusive Credit Policies for Developing Economies



           +  CGAP, Guidelines for Regulating Microfinance

           +  CGAP, Legal Framework for Microfinance

           •  CGAP, Foreign Investment in MFI

           •  UN Financing for Development Office, Microfinance Overview

           +  UN Blue Book with UNCDF,   http://www.uncdf.org/bluebook/

           •  Asian Development Bank - Microfinance Conference


12. Inclusive Credit Policies for Developing Economies

       Structured Finance and Private Investment in Infrastructure


           +  M. Camdeseus, “Financing Water for All”


           +  Randall Dodd, memo on Financing Essential Services



13.  Inclusive Credit Policies for Developing Economies       

         National Development Banks and other “inclusive” credit policies


             • United Nations, Office of Financing for Development,

                   “National Development Banks: Financing for Development

             • Randall Dodd, Lessons for National Development Banks from the US


14. New Sources of Development Finance


           +  Mark McGillivray, Development Assistance and Development Finance

           +  Lula Initiative:  Website Report


15. Sovereign Wealth Funds and Foreign Reserve Accumulation


           +  Simon Johnson, The Rise of Sovereign Wealth Funds, F&D September 2007

           +  Edwin M. Truman, Meeting the Challenge of Sovereign Wealth Funds


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