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Why was there a precrisis capital inflow boom in Southeast Asia?

  • Ramkishen S. Rajan

    (School of Economics, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia)

  • Reza Siregar

    (School of Economics, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia)

  • Iman Sugema

    (Department of Economics, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia)

Much of the recent literature on the East Asian crisis of 1997-98 has focused on the sudden capital reversals and the accompanying regional bust. An oft ignored fact is that the bust was preceded by a prolonged boom period. This boom was fuelled primarily by large-scale capital inflows throughout the early 1990s, a significant proportion of which was intermediated via the domestic banking sector. Motivated by this observation, along with the recognition of the importance of the credit (bank lending) transmission channel in the crisis-hit Southeast Asian economies, this paper concentrates on the precrisis capital inflow boom to emerging economies. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Volume (Year): 15 (2003)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 265-283

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