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Review Essay: Is a Chilean-Style Tax on Short-Term Capital Inflows Stabilizing?

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In the wake of the 1997–1998 East Asian financial crisis, some economists recommended that affected countries adopt a Chilean-style tax on short-term capital inflows to maintain domestic macroeconomic stability. In Chile, the tax reduced capital inflows lengthened the maturity of inflows, and maintained interest rates at levels designed to avoid overheating—but not costlessly. Aside from second-best arguments, such a tax is justified as a temporary measure to buy time to reform and introduce prudential regulation and supervision of a country's financial system. Would dirigiste economies use the tax to facilitate reforms and remove it after effecting prudential regulation? Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000

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  • Michael Ulan, 2000. "Review Essay: Is a Chilean-Style Tax on Short-Term Capital Inflows Stabilizing?," Open Economies Review, Springer, vol. 11(2), pages 149-177, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:openec:v:11:y:2000:i:2:p:149-177
    DOI: 10.1023/A:1008387905740
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    1. Francisco A. Gallego & F. Leonardo Hernández, 2003. "Microeconomic effects of capital controls: The chilean experience during the 1990s," International Journal of Finance & Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 8(3), pages 225-253.
    2. Dr Anthony J. Makin & Alexander Robson, 2002. "The Welfare Cost Of Capital Immobility And Capital Controls," Discussion Papers Series 318, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia.
    3. Peter Montiel, 2014. "Capital Flows: Issues and Policies," Open Economies Review, Springer, vol. 25(3), pages 595-633, July.
    4. Edwards, Sebastian & Rigobon, Roberto, 2009. "Capital controls on inflows, exchange rate volatility and external vulnerability," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 78(2), pages 256-267, July.

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