How Effective are Capital Controls? Evidence from Malaysia
AbstractThis paper examines the role of capital controls as a macroeconomic policy tool in light of the Malaysian experience. It consists of an econometric analysis of quarterly data over the period 1990–2010 using newly constructed capital inflow and outflow policy indexes as well as analytical narratives of episodes of controls imposed on inflows (1994) and outflows (1998–1999). The findings suggest that well-targeted controls have the potential to tame both short-term capital inflows and outflows without exerting a backwash effect on foreign direct investment, at least in the short to medium term. Controls on capital inflows introduced in the first half of 1994 helped moderate accumulation of short-term capital flows, particularly short-term bank credit. During 1998–1999, carefully designed temporary capital controls were successful in providing Malaysian policymakers a viable setting for applying the standard Keynesian therapy.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Asian Development Bank in its journal Asian Development Review.
Volume (Year): 29 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
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- Prema-chandra Athukorala & Juthathip Jongwanich, 2012. "How Effective are Capital Controls? Evidence from Malaysia," Departmental Working Papers 2012-16, The Australian National University, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics.
- F32 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Current Account Adjustment; Short-term Capital Movements
- F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics
- O53 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East
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