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Capital controls and foreign exchange market intervention

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High level of capital controls and volatile exchange rates in developing countries are considered suboptimal in classical trilemma frameworks. The paper presents a New Keynesian small open economy model that assesses middle-ground policies, such as partial capital controls and managed exchange regimes. The paper introduces a policy-endogenous risk premium, which creates financial frictions; breaking exchange rate peg exposes foreign investors to exchange rate risk and even signals the country’s economic instability, and financial sector responds by raising the country’s exchange rate risk premium. Contrary to the classical theory, the results suggest that implementing both capital controls and managed exchange regimes can be optimal, while maintaining domestic monetary policy sovereignty.

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  • Choi, Jae Hoon, 2020. "Capital controls and foreign exchange market intervention," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 101(C).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jimfin:v:101:y:2020:i:c:s0261560619301421
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jimonfin.2019.102098
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    Capital controls; Foreign exchange regime; Monetary policy; Trilemma; Exchange rate risks; Policy-endogenous risk premium;
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    • F3 - International Economics - - International Finance
    • F4 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance

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