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Capital Flows, Exchange Rate Flexibility, and the Real Exchange Rate

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  • Jean-Louis Combes
  • Patrick Plane
  • Tidiane Kinda

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This paper analyzes the impact of capital inflows and exchange rate flexibility on the real exchange rate in developing countries based on panel cointegration techniques. The results show that public and private flows are associated with a real exchange rate appreciation. Among private flows, portfolio investment has the highest appreciation effect-almost seven times that of foreign direct investment or bank loans-and private transfers have the lowest effect. Using a de facto measure of exchange rate flexibility, we find that a more flexible exchange rate helps to dampen appreciation of the real exchange rate stemming from capital inflows.

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  • Jean-Louis Combes & Patrick Plane & Tidiane Kinda, 2011. "Capital Flows, Exchange Rate Flexibility, and the Real Exchange Rate," IMF Working Papers 11/9, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:11/9
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    Keywords

    Developing countries; Capital inflows; Economic models; External financing; Exchange rate regimes; Exchange rate flexibility; Exchange rate appreciation; Emerging markets; Real effective exchange rates; Private capital flows; Flexible exchange rates; Foreign exchange; real exchange rate; low-income countries; pooled mean group estimator; exchange rate; capital flows;

    JEL classification:

    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • F32 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Current Account Adjustment; Short-term Capital Movements

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