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Export Instability and Long-term Capital Flows: Response to Asset Risk in a Small Economy


  • Nash, John


An open capital account allows long-term capital flows to automatically mitigate adverse effects of export instability on domestic saving and investment. An application of portfolio management theory shows that risks that are systematic to the domestic market are diversified internationally. This may help explain why foreign investment finances many high-risk investments in export sectors of less developed countries and why results of studies of the effects of export instability show inconsistent results. This theory is presented and tested empirically. Copyright 1990 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Nash, John, 1990. "Export Instability and Long-term Capital Flows: Response to Asset Risk in a Small Economy," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 28(2), pages 307-316, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:28:y:1990:i:2:p:307-16

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    1. Feldstein, Martin & Liebman, Jeffrey B., 2002. "Social security," Handbook of Public Economics,in: A. J. Auerbach & M. Feldstein (ed.), Handbook of Public Economics, edition 1, volume 4, chapter 32, pages 2245-2324 Elsevier.
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