UNCTAD-ECLAC Experts Workshop on Financial stability, macroprudential regulation and international capital flows

15 - 16 April 2021

Background  

In the first phase of the project, ECLAC commissioned studies on experiences with capital account management measures in Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean to draw policy recommendations for developing countries to maintain policy space and stem the potentially harmful effects of unregulated capital flows on the financial and real sectors both during the crisis and the recovery.  

Building on this work, studies are currently underway on macroprudential policy instruments, outlining a macroprudential policy agenda for the Latin America and the Caribbean region. The study will also consider the experiences with macroprudential policies and instruments in other developing regions, including in Asia-Pacific and Africa, to provide an adequate framework for the analysis of macroprudential tools.  

This experts’ workshop, jointly hosted by ECLAC and UNCTAD, will bring together central bank officials from Latin America, academics, and UN agencies to discuss the initial findings of these studies, exchange experiences, and promote a better understanding of the advantages and drawbacks of different variants of capital account management and macroprudential policies and techniques that can be applied.  

 Format  

The workshop will be held virtually through Webex and will be structured into two half-day sessions. After an opening session, each panel will analyze a different regional case study, which will be presented by its author. The Asian experience will be presented by Jayati Ghosh (Amherst University), the African experience by C. P. Chandrasekhar (Jawaharlal Nehru University), and the Latin American experience by Pablo Bortz (CONICET, Argentina). 

Discussants from central banks and academia in each panel will subsequently provide feedback and share their experiences and expertise. Each regional case study will be discussed with a view to the policy implications for Latin American and the Caribbean countries. In a final wrap-up session, Matías Vernengo (Bucknell University) and distinguished discussants will synthesize the key takeaways from the previous sessions and discuss the way forward.  

Please see the attached programme for further details.  

Contact  

If you have any questions on the workshop do not hesitate to contact Martín Abeles, Director of ECLAC’s Buenos Aires Office ([email protected]) with copy to Esteban Pérez Caldentey ([email protected]) and Zebulun Kreiter (zebulun[email protected]). For questions pertaining to logistics, please contact Ms. Paula Scarpello ([email protected]).