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The Effectiveness of Capital Controls

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  • Valerio Nispi Landi

    (Harvard Kennedy School)

  • Alessandro Schiavone

    (Bank of Italy)

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We investigate the effectiveness of capital controls using capital control indicators specific to several asset categories. The effectiveness of these policy instruments is analyzed along different angles. Specifically, we assess whether capital controls are effective in reducing the volume of capital flows, in reducing the probability of capital surges and flights, in strengthening financial stability, and in affecting the exchange rate. Our results point out three main conclusions. Capital controls are generally effective; the effectiveness of capital controls is differentiated for advanced and emerging economies; we find the largest effects on capital flows. We also show that capital controls are associated with a smaller probability of capital surges and flights, and, in emerging economies, with an undervalued exchange rate. We find some evidence that controls are associated with an improved financial stability, by reducing credit growth and FX currency loans: however, this evidence is not fully robust.

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  • Valerio Nispi Landi & Alessandro Schiavone, 2021. "The Effectiveness of Capital Controls," Open Economies Review, Springer, vol. 32(1), pages 183-211, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:openec:v:32:y:2021:i:1:d:10.1007_s11079-020-09591-6
    DOI: 10.1007/s11079-020-09591-6
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    International capital flows; Capital controls; Prudential tools; Exchange Rates;
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    JEL classification:

    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F32 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Current Account Adjustment; Short-term Capital Movements
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions

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