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Microeconomic Effects of Capital Controls: The Chilean Experience During the 1990s

  • Francisco A. Gallego F
  • Leonardo Hernández

This paper studies the experience with the use of capital controls in Chile during the 1990s. Rather than revisiting previous studies, it complements previous research by providing, for the first time, empirical evidence on some of the microeconomic effects of capital controls, in particular, the unremunerated reserve requirement (URR). By looking at financial statements for a group of 73 Chilean firms during 1986-2001, the paper attempts to identify the effects of the URR on the firms’ costs and ways of financing. Chilean firms are grouped by economic sector, size and access to international capital markets. Results show that the effects of the URR are firm specific; forinstance, there are striking differences in the response to the URR among firms of different size and those with or without access to international capital markets.

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Paper provided by Central Bank of Chile in its series Working Papers Central Bank of Chile with number 203.

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Date of creation: Feb 2003
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