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Cross-Border Investment in Small International Financial Centres

  • Philip R. Lane
  • Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti

We document and assess the role of small financial centers in the international financial system using a newly-assembled dataset. We present estimates of the foreign asset and liability positions for a number of the most important small financial centers, and place these into context by calculating the importance of these locations in the global aggregate of cross- border investment positions. We also report data on bilateral cross-border investment patterns, highlighting which countries engage in financial trade with small financial centers.

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Volume (Year): 14 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 (06)
Pages: 301-330

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Handle: RePEc:bla:intfin:v:14:y:2011:i:2:p:301-330
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