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How Effective Are Capital Controls in Asia?

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  • Maria Socorro Gochoco-Bautista

    ()
    (Economics and Research Department Asian Development Banka 6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550 Metro Manila, Philippines)

  • Juthathip Jongwanich

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    (School of Management, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand)

  • Jong-Wha Lee

    ()
    (Department of Economics, Korea University)

Abstract

This study examines the effects of capital account restrictions on capital flows in nine emerging Asian economies using panel regressions with 75 economies and fixed effects over the period 1995–2007. The results show that effectiveness of capital controls in the nine emerging Asian economies varies by asset type and by direction of flow and may differ from that in the rest of the world. For example, unlike in the rest of the world, the use of controls on capital outflows in emerging Asia actually increases the amount of these outflows. This finding suggests that it may be best for emerging market economies in Asia to liberalize rather than constrain capital outflows if they want to prevent such outflows. © 2012 The Earth Institute at Columbia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Asian Economic Papers.

Volume (Year): 11 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 122-143

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Handle: RePEc:tpr:asiaec:v:11:y:2012:i:2:p:122-143

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Keywords: capital flows; de jure capital controls; effectiveness; Asia;

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Cited by:
  1. Pierre-Richard Agénor & Luiz A. Pereira da Silva, 2011. "Macroprudential Regulation and the Monetary Transmission Mechanism," Working Papers Series 254, Central Bank of Brazil, Research Department.
  2. Jongwanich, Juthathip & Kohpaiboon, Archanun, 2012. "Effectiveness of Capital Controls: Evidence from Thailand," Asian Development Review, Asian Development Bank, vol. 29(2), pages 50-93.
  3. Pierre-Richard Agénor & Luiz A. Pereira da Silva, 2013. "Inflation Targeting and Financial Stability: A Perspective from the Developing World," Working Papers Series 324, Central Bank of Brazil, Research Department.
  4. Gochoco-Bautista, Maria Socorro & Francisco, Ruth H., 2011. "Effectiveness of Capital Restrictions: Do Regional and Income Differences Matter?," ADB Economics Working Paper Series 261, Asian Development Bank.

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