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Optimal capital controls and real exchange rate policies: a pecuniary externality perspective

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  • Benigno, Gianluca
  • Chen, Huigang
  • Otrok, Christopher
  • Rebucci, Alessandro
  • Young, Eric R.

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A new literature studies the use of capital controls to prevent financial crises. Within this new framework, we show that when exchange rate policy is costless, there is no need for capital controls. However, if exchange rate policy entails efficiency costs, capital controls become part of the optimal policy mix. When exchange rate policy is costly, the optimal mix combines prudential capital controls in tranquil times with policies that limit exchange rate depreciation in crisis times. The optimal mix yields more borrowing, fewer and less severe financial crises, and much higher welfare than with capital controls alone.

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  • Benigno, Gianluca & Chen, Huigang & Otrok, Christopher & Rebucci, Alessandro & Young, Eric R., 2016. "Optimal capital controls and real exchange rate policies: a pecuniary externality perspective," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 68594, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
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    capital controls; exchange rate policy; financial frictions; financial crises; financial stability; optimal taxation; macro-prudential policies; ES/I024174/1; 0044709;
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    • F3 - International Economics - - International Finance
    • G3 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance

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