Joining the Dicourse on Financial Regulations
There has been no shortage of commentaries and analyzes on the causes and consequences of the current global financial turmoil, which has affected the economies of almost all nations. In this issue, the Journal makes a modest contribution to the literature with five articles that deal with the subjects of government intervention to rein inflation (in English); a methodology to forecast exchange rates (between the Thai Baht and the Japanese Yen) over a two-year period, during which a political disturbance occurred (and how that political disturbance affected the exchange rates); the impact of the latest rounds of WTO negotiations on Thailands trade balance in agricultural commodities; a test for the efficient prediction of futures spot prices based on the study of RSS3 or ribbed smoked rubber sheet no.3, which is one of the commodities with a futures market in Thailand (in English); and, of relevance to selling consumer goods, regardless of the economic climate but particularly crucial during these times when consumers would want the most value for their money, is the study on what attributes of a product consumers are willing to pay a bit more, in short what would command a premium price. Capping this issue is a review, in English, of the book, The Political Economy of Financial Market Regulation. Written in 2006, the book is brought into current relevance by the reviewer (at present Head of the School of Economics and Finance, Faculty of Business and Law of Australias Victoria University) based on his expertise and familiarity with the complex issues of the subject...
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