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Cross-Border Financial Integration in Asia and the Macro-Financial Policy Framework
Philip R. Lane
World Economics, June 2013

In relative terms, Asia came through the global financial crisis relatively well. In part, this can be attributed to its conservative approach to international financial integration. At the same time, financial globalisation means that Asia cannot be fully insulated from international financial shocks. Moreover, it is likely that the rest of the world will undergo a redesign of its international financial profile, such that Asia will also have to adapt. All in all, there is likely to be considerable convergence in the composition of international balance sheets across Asia and the rest of the world. In turn, this is likely to be associated with a higher degree of regional financial integration within Asia. These structural changes call for the careful design of a prudential macro-financial policy framework.


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