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Portfolio Capital Flows: Hot or Cold?

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  • Claessens, Stijn
  • Dooley, Michael P
  • Warner, Andrew

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A distinction is often made between short-term and long-term capital flows: the former are deemed unstable hot money and the latter are deemed stable cold money. Using time-series analysis of balance of payments data for five industrial and five developing countries, we find that in most cases the labels "short-term" and "long-term" do not provide any information about the time-series properties of the flow. In particular, long-term flows are often as volatile as short-term flows, and the time it takes for an unexpected shock to a flow to die out is similar across flows. Long-term flows are also at least as unpredictable as short-term flows, and knowledge of the type of flow does not improve the ability to forecast the aggregate capital account. Copyright 1995 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Claessens, Stijn & Dooley, Michael P & Warner, Andrew, 1995. "Portfolio Capital Flows: Hot or Cold?," World Bank Economic Review, World Bank Group, vol. 9(1), pages 153-174, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:wbecrv:v:9:y:1995:i:1:p:153-74
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