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The effectiveness of capital controls

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  • Valerio Nispi Landi

    (Bank of Italy)

  • Alessandro Schiavone

    (Bank of Italy)

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The goal of this work is a systematic analysis of the effectiveness of capital controls in reducing the volume of capital flows and the probability of extreme events (surges and flights), strengthening financial stability and affecting the exchange rate. We find that controls significantly reduce capital flows, even though the effectiveness varies across economies and types of investment. Moreover capital controls tend to reduce the probability of extreme episodes. With regard to financial stability objectives, controls on banking inflows reduce domestic credit growth, but this effect is mainly driven by advanced economies. Controls on capital inflows reduce the share of domestic loans denominated in foreign currency. Finally, our estimates suggest that capital controls on inflows tend to be associated with an undervalued exchange rate only in emerging market economies.

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  • Valerio Nispi Landi & Alessandro Schiavone, 2018. "The effectiveness of capital controls," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 1200, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
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    • 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
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