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India’s Approach to Capital Account Liberalization

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  • Eswar S. Prasad

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In this paper, the author analyzes India’s approach to capital account liberalization through the lens of the new literature on financial globalization. India’s authorities have taken a cautious and calibrated path to capital account opening, which has served the economy well in terms of reducing its vulnerability to crises. By now, the capital account has become quite open and reversing this is not a viable option. Moreover, the remaining capital controls are rapidly becoming ineffective, making the debate about capital controls rather moot. Managing de facto financial integration into international capital markets and aligning domestic macroeconomic policies in a manner that maximizes the indirect benefits and reduces the risks is the key challenge now facing India’s policymakers on this front.[IZA DP No. 3927]

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Keywords: India; international financial integration; capital flows; capital controls;

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Cited by:
  1. Dilip K. Das, 2010. "Financial globalization: a macroeconomic angle," Journal of Financial Economic Policy, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 2(4), pages 307-325, December.
  2. Ajay Shah & Ila Patnaik, 2010. "Why India Choked when Lehman Broke," Working Papers id:2362, eSocialSciences.
  3. Ila Patnaik & Ajay Shah, 2012. "Did the Indian Capital Controls Work as a Tool of Macroeconomic Policy?," IMF Economic Review, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 60(3), pages 439-464, September.

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