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Trade and Capital Flows: A Financial Frictions Perspective

  • Pol Antràs
  • Ricardo J. Caballero

The classical Heckscher-Ohlin-Mundell paradigm states that trade and capital mobility are substitutes in the sense that trade integration reduces the incentives for capital to flow to capital-scarce countries. In this paper we show that in a world with heterogeneous financial development, a very different conclusion emerges. In particular, in less financially developed economies (South), trade and capital mobility are complements in the sense that trade integration increases the return to capital and thus the incentives for capital to flow to South. This interaction implies that deepening trade integration in South raises net capital inflows (or reduces net capital outflows). It also implies that, at the global level, protectionism may backfire if the goal is to rebalance capital flows. (c) 2009 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved..

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Volume (Year): 117 (2009)
Issue (Month): 4 (08)
Pages: 701-744

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