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Why doesn’t Capital Flow from Rich to Poor Countries? An Empirical Investigation

  • Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan

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    (Department of Economics, University of Houston)

  • Laura Alfaro

    (Department of Economics, Harvard Business School)

  • Vadym Volosovych

    (Department of Economics, University of Houston)

We examine the empirical role of different explanations for the lack of flows of capital from rich to poor countries - the "Lucas Paradox." The theoretical explanations include differences in fun- damentals across countries and capital market imperfections. We show that during 1970-2000 low institutional quality is the leading explanation. For example, improving Peru's institutional quality to Australia's level, implies a quadrupling of foreign investment. Recent studies em- phasize the role of institutions for achieving higher levels of income, but remain silent on the specific mechanisms. Our results indicate that foreign investment might be a channel through which institutions affect long-run development.

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