The Oxford Handbook of Economic and Institutional Transparency

Hardcover | October 15, 2014

byJens Forssbaeck, Lars Oxelheim

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In recent years, the term "transparency" has emerged as one of the most popular and keenly-touted concepts around. In the economic-political debate, the principle of transparency is often advocated as a prerequisite for accountability, legitimacy, policy efficiency, and good governance, aswell as a universal remedy against corruption, corporate and political scandals, financial crises, and a host of other problems.But transparency is more than a mere catch-phrase. Increased transparency is a bearing ideal behind regulatory reform in many areas, including financial reporting and banking regulation. Individual governments as well as multilateral bodies have launched broad-based initiatives to enhancetransparency in both economic and other policy domains. Parallel to these developments, the concept of transparency has seeped its way into academic research in a wide range of social science disciplines, including the economic sciences.This increased importance of transparency in economics and business studies has called for a reference work that surveys existing research on transparency and explores its meaning and significance in different areas. The Oxford Handbook of Economic and Institutional Transparency is such a reference.Comprised of authoritative yet accessible contributions by leading scholars, this Handbook addresses questions such as: What is transparency? What is the rationale for transparency? What are the determinants and the effects of transparency? And is transparency always beneficial, or can it also bedetrimental (if so, when)?The chapters are presented in three sections that correspond to three broad themes. The first section addresses transparency in different areas of economic policy. The second section covers institutional transparency and explores the role of transparency in market integration and regulation.Finally, the third section focuses on corporate transparency. Taken together, this volume offers an up-to-date account of existing work on and approaches to transparency in economic research, discusses open questions, and provides guidance for future research, all from a blend of disciplinaryperspectives.

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In recent years, the term "transparency" has emerged as one of the most popular and keenly-touted concepts around. In the economic-political debate, the principle of transparency is often advocated as a prerequisite for accountability, legitimacy, policy efficiency, and good governance, aswell as a universal remedy against corruption, ...

Jens Forssbaeck is an Associate Professor of Finance at Lund University School of Economics and Management and a fellow of the Knut Wicksell Centre for Financial Studies in Lund, Sweden. He holds a PhD in Finance from Copenhagen Business School and has held visiting positions at universities in France, the Netherlands, and the United K...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:576 pages, 9.75 × 6.75 × 0.98 inPublished:October 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PART 1: INTRODUCTION1. Jens Forssbaeck and Lars Oxelheim: The Multi-Faceted Concept of TransparencyPART 2: POLICY TRANSPARENCY2. Richard J. Sweeney: Constitutional Transparency3. Petra M.Geraats: Monetary Policy Transparency4. Iain Begg: Fiscal Policy Transparency5. Edward I. Altman and Herbert Rijken: Transparent and Unique Sovereign Default Risk Assessment6. Philippe Gugler: Transparency and Competition Policy in an Imperfectly Competitive World7. Michael G. Plummer and Alissa Tafti: Transparency in International Trade Policy8. Thomas L. Brewer and Michael Mehling: Transparency of Climate Change Policies, Markets, and Corporate Practices9. Erik Mellander: Transparency of Human Resource Policy10. Bo Carlsson: Transparency of Innovation PolicyPART 3: INSTITUTIONAL, MARKET AND REGULATORY TRANSPARENCY11. Eskil Wadensje: Labor Market Transparency12. James R. Barth, Apanard (Penny) Prabha, and Clas Wihlborg: Transparency in Financial Regulation13. Richard Friberg: Price Transparency and International Market Integration14. Frederick Lehmann and Ana Teresa Lehmann: Transparency of Inward Investment Incentives15. Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra: Transparency and CorruptionPART 4: CORPORATE TRANSPARENCY16. Pervez N. Ghauri, Amjad Hadjikhani, and Cecilia Pahlberg: Multinational Corporations' Relationship with Political Actors: Transparency versus Opacity17. Tom Berglund: Corporate Governance and Optimal Transparency18. Winfried Ruigrok, Dimitrios Georgakakis, and Peder Greve: Transparency Differences at the Top of the Organization: Market-Pull versus Strategic Hoarding Forces19. Raj Aggarwal and John Goodell: Governance Transparency and the Institutions of Capitalism: Implications for Finance20. Raghavendra Rau: Transparency and Executive Compensation21. Leif Atle Beisland, Roy Mersland, and Trond Randoy: Transparency and Disclosure in the Global Microfinance Industry22. Sidney J. Gray and Helen Kang: Accounting Transparency and International Standard-Setting23. Eva Eberhartinger and Soojin Lee: Transparency of Fair Value Accounting and Tax24. Peter McKay: Transparency of Corporate Risk Management and Performance25. Rym Ayadi and Willem Pieter De Groen: Stress Testing, Transparency and Uncertainty in European Banking: What impacts?