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Capital Flows to Emerging Markets: An alternative Theoretical Framework

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  • Bruno Bonizzi

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    (Department of Economics, SOAS, University of London, UK)

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This paper represents a theoretical contribution to the analysis of international capital flows. It outlines an alternative theoretical framework based on Post-Keynesian monetary theory, and in particular on Hyman Minsky’s Wall Street paradigm and concept of Money-manager capitalism and Jan Toporowski’s theory of capital market inflation. The key aspects of such an approach are, firstly, that in a monetary analysis capital flows need to be understood as “flows of fundsâ€, as opposed to the traditional understanding of capital flows based on “real†decision, such as saving and investment. A consequence of this is the need of focusing on gross rather than net capital flows. Secondly, when considering emerging markets, the asymmetric nature of the international monetary system must be stressed. Thirdly, it is important to understand the specific forms that capital flows take: in today’s world, pension funds and other institutional investors — alongside banks — are key players in the financial markets, and their role in shaping capital flows to emerging markets must be explicitly recognised. This paper synthesises these elements by understanding capital flows as the result of institutional investors portfolio choice. Along the lines of Minsky and Toporowski, portfolio choice by institutional investors need to be assessed in relation to their balance sheet structure, beside risk/return trade-offs and general state of risk aversion

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, SOAS, University of London, UK in its series Working Papers with number 186.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2013
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Handle: RePEc:soa:wpaper:186

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Keywords: Capital flows; Emerging Markets; Flow of Funds; Institutional Investors;

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