Integration with the global economy has opened India to cross-border flows of not merely goods and services, but also financial capital. India is now a preferred destination among the emerging market economies for foreign investors. Is this transition necessarily beneficial for the Indian economy? What are its consequences and how is it to be regulated? How has the Indian economy successfully averted a financial crisis in the era of economic liberalization, unlike many other developing economies? This introduction provides answers to questions such as these by analysing the basic forces driving capital flows, their impact on the exchange rate, and their implications for foreign reserves and domestic money supply. It will be a vital guide for students of economics, finance, and management, as well as general readers interested in the prospects of the Indian economy.
Soumyen Sikdar is Professor of Economics, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Kolkata.
INTRODUCTION ; 1. TYPES AND TRENDS OF CAPITAL FLOWS ; 2. BALANCE OF PAYMENTS, EXCHANGE RATE, AND MONETARY POLICY ; 3. INTERNATIONAL FUNDS FLOW AND ECONOMIC POLICY ; 4. CURRENCY CRISIS AND THE CONVERTIBILITY DEBATE ; CONCLUSION ; REFERENCES ; FURTHER READING ; INDEX