Bailouts Or Bail-Ins?: Responding to Financial Crises in Emerging Economies
Roughly once a year, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, the US treasury secretary and in some cases the finance ministers of other G-7 countries will get a call from the finance minister of a large emerging market economy. The emerging market finance minister will indicate that the country is rapidly running out of foreign reserves, that it has lost access to international capital markets and, perhaps, that is has lost the confidence of its own citizens. Without a rescue loan, it will be forced to devalue its currency and default either on its government debt or on loans to the country's banks that the government has guaranteed.
This book looks at these situations and the options available to alleviate the problem. It argues for a policy that recognizes that every crisis is different and that different cases need to be handled within a framework that provides consistency and predictability to borrowing countries as well as those who invest in their debt.
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This is one of the best books on how a country should face recession. I am not a professional economics or a professor of economics. I know about Nouriel Roubini and Brad Setser through their Project Syndicate articles and blogs and I bought this book on that basis. This is wonderful guide even for people who are not experts in economics. It clearly explains why the conventional economic policies would not work during recession and what to do and what not to do in different cases. Each and every recession is different from each other and this book is no panacea for all recessions. But when a country starts behaving like a deer in the headlight, this book would help it relax and explore the different options available to come out of the recession.