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Did the Indian capital controls work as a tool of macroeconomic policy?

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  • Patnaik, Ila

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    (National Institute of Public Finance and Policy)

  • Shah, Ajay

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    (National Institute of Public Finance and Policy)

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In 2010 and 2011, there has been a fresh wave of interest in cap- ital controls. India is one of the few large countries with a complex system of capital controls, and hence offers an opportunity to assess the extent to which these help achieve goals of macroeconomic and fi- nancial policy. We find that the capital controls were associated with poor governance, were unable to sustain the erstwhile exchange rate regime, and did not support financial stability. India's experience is thus inconsistent with the revisionist view of capital controls. Macroe- conomic policy in India has moved away from the erstwhile strategies, towards greater exchange rate flexibility combined with capital ac- count liberalisation.

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Paper provided by National Institute of Public Finance and Policy in its series Working Papers with number 11/87.

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Date of creation: Apr 2011
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Keywords: Capital controls ; Exchange rate regime ; Monetary policy ; Impossible trinity ; Financial stability;

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  1. Sen Gupta, Abhijit & Sengupta, Rajeswari, 2013. "Management of Capital Flows in India: 1990-2011," MPRA Paper 46217, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Patnaik, Ila & Malik, Sarat & Pandey, Radhika & Prateek, 2013. "Foreign investment in the Indian Government bond market," Working Papers 13/126, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy.
  3. Bhattacharya, Rudrani & Patnaik, Ila & Pundit, Madhavi, 2013. "Emerging economy business cycles: Financial integration and terms of trade shocks," Working Papers 13/120, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy.
  4. Sengupta, Rajeswari & Sen Gupta, Abhijit, 2013. "Policy Tradeoffs in an Open Economy and the Role of G-20 in Global Macroeconomic Policy Coordination," MPRA Paper 53948, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 12 Jul 2013.

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