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Contagious Policies: An Analysis of Spatial Interactions Among Countries’ Capital Account Policies

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Countries’ capital account policies might be contagious in the sense that domestic policies are driven by other countries’ policies. A model of strategic interactions is developed to show that countries’ best response to policy changes elsewhere consists in imitating this policy. Using a spatial econometric model, the hypothesis of policy interactions is tested in a large panel data set. The evidence shows that capital account policies are contemporaneously correlated across countries. Concerning fundamentals, the move to a fixed exchange rate regime and an increase in real world interest rates are correlated with the imposition of capital account restrictions.

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Paper provided by Institute of Empirical Economic Research in its series Working Papers with number 80.

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Date of creation: 29 Jan 2010
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Keywords: Capital Controls; Strategic Interaction; Panel Data Analysis;

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