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Are Capital Controls in the Foreign Exchange Market Effective?

  • Christian Wolff

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    (Luxembourg School of Finance, University of Luxembourg)

  • Stefan T.M. Straetmans

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    (Maastricht University)

  • Roald J. Versteeg

    ()

    (Maastricht University)

One of the reasons for governments to use capital controls is to obtain some degree of monetary independence. This paper investigates the link between capital controls and interest differentials/ forward premia. This to test whether they can indeed give governments the power to drive exchange rates away from parity conditions. Two capital control variables are constructed in addition to the standard IMF capital control dummy. These variables are used to determine the date of capital account liberalization in a panel of Western European as well as emerging countries. Results show that capital controls do not give governments extra monetary freedom. There is even some evidence that capital controls decrease the level of monetary freedom governments enjoy for a number of countries. "Keywords: Capital controls; Exchange Rates; Interest Differentials; Forward premia;" Monetary freedom.

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