Summary of Neoliberalism: Oversold?

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Neoliberalism: Oversold? summary
Neoliberal economic policies have been a mixed blessing.


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The United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union appears to be a vote against globalization. The neoliberal economic policies that prescribe open markets and fiscal austerity may have contributed to that backlash. In this informative research that calls for a more balanced approach to neoliberalism, economists Jonathan D. Ostry, Prakash Loungani and Davide Furceri of the International Monetary Fund find that the free flow of global capital, among other neoliberal policies, has been a mixed blessing. getAbstract recommends this thought-provoking report to policy makers, executives, economists and investors looking for another perspective on globalization.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What neoliberal policies entail
  • How they have worked in practice
  • Why a more balanced approach to neoliberalism could improve economic growth and lower income inequality


Countries worldwide have used neoliberal policies since the 1980s to grow their economies. Neoliberalism call for unlocking a nation’s markets for international competition and decreasing government’s role in those markets, largely through privatizations of state-held assets and restrictions on public...
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Jonathan D. Ostry, Prakash Loungani and Davide Furceri are economists at the International Monetary Fund.

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