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International capital flows and development: financial openness matters

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  • Reinhardt, Dennis

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    (Bank of England)

  • Ricci, Luca Antonio

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    (International Monetary Fund)

  • Tressel, Thierry

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    (International Monetary Fund)

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Does capital flow from rich to poor countries? We revisit the Lucas paradox and ask whether it results from a lack of capital account openness. We find that, when accounting for such openness, the prediction of neoclassical theory is empirically confirmed: among financially open economies, less-developed countries tend to experience net capital inflows and more-developed countries tend to experience net capital outflows. These results also hold when taking into account private flows, institutions, and numerous controls. We also show that reserve intervention has an effect on the current account only in financially open economies.

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Paper provided by Bank of England in its series Bank of England working papers with number 472.

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Length: 49 pages
Date of creation: 14 Jun 2013
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Handle: RePEc:boe:boeewp:0472

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