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Financial Openness and the Effectiveness of Capital Controls in Greece

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  • Christodoulakis, Nikos
  • Karamouzis, Nick

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The paper discusses the process of financial liberalization in Greece and the impact it is likely to have on the conduct of monetary policy. To examine the effectiveness of exchange rate controls in Greece during periods of intense downward pressure on the drachma, we study the behaviour of onshore/offshore interest rates in 1989. The experience of this period supports the hypothesis that capital controls insulate domestic interest rates from the full impact of expectations of a drachma devaluation. Another aspect of financial liberalization relates to the responsiveness of domestic authorities to monetary developments worldwide. To assess this, we examine the degree to which Greek authorities, in determining domestic interest rates, responded to the behaviour of interest rates abroad. We find that Granger-causality tests support the hypothesis that the domestic three-month Treasury bill rate is influenced by three-month foreign euromarket interest rates.

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  • Christodoulakis, Nikos & Karamouzis, Nick, 1993. "Financial Openness and the Effectiveness of Capital Controls in Greece," CEPR Discussion Papers 804, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    1. Diamandis, Panayiotis F. & Georgoutsos, Dimitris A. & Kouretas, Georgios P., 2000. "The monetary model in the presence of I(2) components: long-run relationships, short-run dynamics and forecasting of the Greek drachma," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 19(6), pages 917-941, December.
    2. Kollintzas, Tryphon & Vassilatos, Vanghelis, 2000. "A small open economy model with transaction costs in foreign capital," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 44(8), pages 1515-1541, August.

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    Keywords

    Capital Controls; Financial Liberalization; Greece; Monetary Instruments; Onshore/Offshore Rates;

    JEL classification:

    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies

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