Economic Disturbances and Equilibrium in an Integrated Global Economy

Economic Disturbances and Equilibrium in an Integrated Global Economy

Investment Insights and Policy Analysis

1st Edition - April 18, 2018

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  • Author: Victor A. Canto
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128139943
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128139936

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Economic Disturbances and Equilibrium in an Integrated Global Economy: Investment Insights and Policy Analysis helps readers develop a framework for analyzing economic events and make better, more consistent decisions. Victor Canto presents the theoretical building blocks that make up the overall framework, then expands the framework to tackle more complex problems, applying additional considerations to actual policy or investment issues. Drawing upon the most recent trends in monetary policy and international economics, the book offers sustained direct engagement with the main research question and makes innovative use of the simple concepts of supply and demand to illuminate modern finance literature. The book succeeds by highlighting the often-forgotten interconnectedness of different economic processes. How do we respond to a change in policy or an economic shock? Are all the expected changes to the general equilibrium consistent with each other?

Key Features

  • Helps readers build an intellectual framework that enables them to interpret articles in the financial press and policy decisions in a logical and consistent manner
  • Differs from other books by eschewing partial equilibria analyses and instead providing a general equilibrium perspective useful for investors and policy makers
  • Provides supporting data on a freely-accessible website so readers can test and replicate results


Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals in international economics, macroeconomics, financial economics, and monetary economics. This book can be read by anyone who reads The Economist or The Wall Street Journal

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Asset Allocation: Indexing, Smart Beta and Value Timing

    Part I: Arbitrage and Mobility
    1. Arbitrage, Mobility and Equilibrium Price
    2. The Investment and Policy Insights and Implications Derived from Arbitrage and Mobility
    3. Are Commodity Price Increases Equivalent to Tax Increases?
    4. The Terms of Trade
    5. Yields, Risk Premium, and Terms of Trade
    6. The Competitive Economic Environment: Lessons from the States
    7. Economic Policy and Performance: The Small-Cap and Country Effects
    8. Migration: A Political Problem, an Economic Problem, or Both?

    Part II: The Trade Balance
    9. The Macro Prospective
    10. Diversity and Harmonization
    11. The State Competitive Environment: Integration and Convergence
    12. The Degree of Global Integration and National Economies’ Policy Options and Limitations
    13. A Unified Theory: The Terms of Trade, Real GDP Growth Rate Differentials, Trade Balance, Capital Flows, and Relative Stock Market Performance

    Part III: Exchange Rate and the Terms of Trade
    14. Protectionism, Devaluation, and the Terms of Trade
    15. Exchange Rates, Devaluations and the Terms of Trade
    16. The Nominal Exchange Rate, the Terms of Trade, and the Economy
    17. The U.S. Experience: An Interpretation
    18. Relative Price Changes, Income Redistribution, and the Politics of Envy
    19. Self-sufficiency, Nationalism, and Protectionism: The Common Elements
    20. Mercantilism Does Not Make for Good Economics

    Part IV: The Balance of Payments
    21. Building Block IV, Global Investing the Balance of Payments
    22. Monetary Views: Part I
    23. Monetary Views: Part II
    24. The Greenspan Monetary Rule
    25. Transparency and Rule-Based Monetary Policy
    26. A Single or Dual Mandate?
    27. The Demise of the Global Price Rule
    28. The U.S. Inflation Rate
    29. The Exchange Rate and Rest of the World Inflation

    Part V: China--A Case Study
    30. China in a Global Economy: An Interpretation
    31. Examining China: Wealth, Income, and the Savings Rate
    32. Examining China: Purchasing Power Parity, Terms of Trade, and Real Exchange Rates
    33. Examining China: Economic Growth, Exchange Rates, and Relative Stock Performance
    34. Examining China: Monetary Policy, Inflation Potential under a Floating Exchange Rate System
    35. Examining China: Monetary Policy, Inflation Potential under a Fixed Exchange Rate System
    36. Examining China: As a Non-Reserve Currency Country

Product details

  • No. of pages: 433
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: April 18, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128139943
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128139936

About the Author

Victor A. Canto

Victor A. Canto is the Chief Economist and Managing Director of Global Strategies at Cadinha & Co. and founder and Chairman of La Jolla Economics. He was an advisor to the Lazard Capital Allocator Series, Advisor to the Nestegg Funds, Trustee of in Culver City, California, Director, Chief Investment Officer, and Portfolio Manager of Calport Asset Management, and President and Director of Research of A.B. Laffer, V. A. Canto & Associates. He was a tenured Associate Professor of finance and business economics at the University of Southern California (USC) from 1983 to 1985. Dr. Canto was Assistant Professor of finance and business economics at the University of Southern California from 1977 to 1983 and Visiting Professor at the Universidad Central del Este in the Dominican Republic. He was also a Visiting Professor of economics at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) during the winter of 1987. During 1980, Dr. Canto was a consultant to the Financial Council of Puerto Rico; during 1977, an advisor to the economic Studies Division of the Dominican Republic’s Central Bank. During 1975 he was technical advisor to the Finance Minister of the Dominican Republic. Dr. Canto received a B Sc. in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972, an M.A. and Ph. D. in economics from the University of Chicago (1974, 1977). Dr. Canto has authored, edited, or co-edited a number of books, including the landmark Foundations of Supply-Side Economics, as well as Monetary Policy, Taxation, and International Investment Strategy; Supply-Side Portfolio Strategies; and Currency Substitution: Theory and Evidence from Latin America , Understanding Asset Allocation as well as Cocktail Economics. Economic Disturbances and Equilibrium in an Integrated Global Economy ( Forthcoming). He is the recipient of the Supremo de Plata awarded by the Dominican Republic JC to the Outstanding Young Man of 1983, and the recipient of the University of Southern California University Scholar award. He is a member of Chi Epsilon (the civil engineering honorary society). Victor Canto’s articles have appeared in many of the leading economic journals, including Economic Inquiry, Journal of Macroeconomics, The International Trade Journal, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, The Southern Economic Journal, Applied Economics, Weltwirstchaftliches Archiv, The CATO Journal, Public Finance, The Journal of International Money and Finance and The Journal of Wealth Management. In addition to his principal fields of interest--International Economics, Public Finance, and Macroeconomics, Dr. Canto has been published in the Wall Street Journal and the Investor’s Business Daily. He authored articles on energy markets for the Public Utilities Fortnightly, and the Oil and Gas Journal, as well as a series of articles on portfolio strategy for the Financial Analysts Journal. He contributed “Exotic Currencies,” to The New Palgrave Dictionary of Money and Finance, published by MacMillan Press Limited in 1992. He also was a contributing editor for National Review Online Financial.

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Chief Economist and Managing Director of Global Strategies at Cadinha & Co., Founder and Chairman of La Jolla Economics

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