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Sudden stops, banking crises and investment collapses in emerging markets

  • Joyce, Joseph P.
  • Nabar, Malhar

We evaluate whether financial openness leaves emerging market economies vulnerable to the adverse effects of capital reversals ("sudden stops") on domestic investment. We investigate this claim in a broad sample of emerging markets during the period 1976-2002. If the banking sector does not experience a systemic crisis, sudden stop events fail to have a significant impact on investment. Bank crises, on the other hand, have a significant negative effect on investment even in the absence of a contemporaneous sudden stop crisis. We also find that openness to capital flows worsens the adverse impact of banking crises on investment. Our results provide statistical support for the policy view that a strong banking sector which can withstand the negative fallout of capital flight is essential for countries that open their economies to international financial flows.

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Volume (Year): 90 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 (November)
Pages: 314-322

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