What impact has financial globalization had on risk sharing? In theory, financial globalization
should improve international consumption risk sharing. While the answer to this question is of
utmost policymaking concern, results in the empirical literature are inconclusive. The paper
surveys the extant literature and tries to identify which factors influence the answer: i)
consumption risk sharing seems to have increased among industrialized countries but much less in
the emerging world. ii) The increase in risk sharing is generally found to be stronger in studies that
focus on the trends rather than purely cyclical variation in the data. iii) globalization has not only
affected consumption responses to output shocks but also the structure of these shocks themselves.
This, in turn, has affected the measurement of risk sharing. The paper examines the relevance of
these points on a sample of East Asian Economies. My results indicate that risk sharing in East Asia
has started to increase once the region had recovered from the Asian crisis.