International finance - broadly defined to include exchange rate economics, international financial economics and open-economy macroeconomics - is one of the fastest growing fields, with new research pouring into the rapidly-expanding literature. The economics of currency crises, in particular, has been an especially fertile area.
- Global Macroeconomics Resources
Nouriel Roubini's site. Roubini is an international economist at NYU. It is very rich in academic research as well as links to issues related to international finance.
- New Open Economy Macroeconomics
A very ambitious site that is constantly updated by Brian Doyle. Loads of links to papers, representing often the lastest in the field. Also includes links to the homepages of the main researchers in the field. See also the open-economy macroeconomics homepage.
- Monetary Policy in the Open Economy
Gianluca Benigno, Pierpaolo Benigno and Fabio Ghironi, academic economists at the LSE, NYU, and Boston College, respectively, maintain this site that provides papers relating to the conduct of monetary policy in the open economy context. John Taylor maintains a similar site, although with a more closed-economy outlook.
- Euro & EMU Resources
The whole range of academic research, official documentation and newspaper reports, as well as links to datasets, on all things pertaining to the Euro, courtesy of Giancarlo Corsetti. Of interest as well to Euro researchers is David Cleeton's European Monetary Union & Economic Outlook. For an accounting and finance perspective, see the Knowledge Guide to the Euro.
- Asian Financial Crisis
The definitive source for information on the Asian financial crisis. Includes a detailed chronology, a large repository of papers, as well as links to sites from within Asia. A viable alternative exists.
- Financial Policy Forum
The Forum, which also incorporates the Derivatives Study Center, is a nonprofit educational research institution that studies international financial markets and macroeconomic policy. Features of the site include fulltext of in-house research (including policy reports & briefs, and primers, an extensive annotated bibliography on international finance (especially on the Tobin tax), and some limited financial data on derivates.
- International Financial Institutions Research Site
The International Financial Institutions Research Site contains research material pertaining to the major international financial insitutions (read: mainly the IMF and World Bank). It's selling point is the large collection of links to academic research on these bodies.
- Central Banking Resource Centre
Mark Bernkopf's resource site is a marvellous starting point for research in international monetary economics. Other than providing links, the author also links to basic readings on various related topics, such as the case for currency boards, electronic cash and the history of central banking. For a list of central banks internationally that maintain websites (approximately 150 of them), see this site, provided courtesy of Central Banking Publications.
The London Inter-Bank Offered Rate is the most widely-quoted (and indexed) rate for all manner of financial instruments. This site discusses the LIBOR's history and contributor banks, and provides current news and opinion on LIBOR-related topics (plus current rate, of course).
- Soft Currency Economics
Collects full-text papers on "soft currency economics" - a minor school of thought not dissimilar to post-Keynesian economics, focussing on the role of endogenous money. Maintained mostly by Warren Mosler, a retired fixed income trader, but includes papers from others in the same vein.
- Currency Boards & Dollarisation
Kurt Schuler's site on currency boards, dollarisation and related topics. A good site on brushing up on an uncommon topic. Another more comprehensive alternative (although slightly messier) is this currency board homepage.
- Single Global Currency Association
The Association's site advances its primary aim of implementing a single global currency through education and persuasion. The site itself includes information on academic views for and against a global currency - including a very interesting ratings board which seeks to collect 1,400 researchers' views on the feasibility and utility of a single currency - plus Zogby poll results for a single currency, and links to related articles and websites.
- TR(I) Target Zone Database
The Theoretical Research Institute, primarily a one-man show run by Colin Rose, maintains a database of the exchange rate target zone literature, as well as churning out papers on mathematical modelling in economics.
- The Euro
The official site on the world's newest currency, provided by the European Central Bank. The user-friendly site includes information on the physical euro banknotes and coins, through to the background to the development of the euro, and even a children's zone.
- The Commanding Heights
The Commanding Heights, subtitled 'The Battle for the World Economy', is a book and documentary series about the history of the international economy, told from the point of view of the struggle between governments and markets. PBS also has the entire series online, accessible here (follow the links to storyline).
- Rational Expectations
An extremely comprehensive website which deals with both OECD and emerging market economics, but its scope renders it useful to the international economist. Links to academic as well as more commercial sites.
- International Economics
This is a large collection (links number to the thousands) of annotated links, though not all directly related to international economics, which can be a bother. The site also links to course syllabi from many universities and provides a handy FAQ explaining several basic international economic issues.
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