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Capital Controls and Welfare

  • Shigeto Kitano

    (Research Institute for Economics and Business Administration (RIEB), Kobe University, Japan)

This paper computes welfare levels under different degree of capital controls and compares them with the welfare level under perfect capital mobility by using the methodology of Schmitt-Grohe and Uribe (2007). We show that perfect capital mobility is not always optimal and that capital controls may enhance an economy's welfare level. There exists an optimal degree of capital-account restriction that achieves a higher level of welfare than that under perfect capital mobility, if the economy has costly financial intermediaries. The results of our analysis imply that as the domestic financial intermediaries are less efficient, the government should impose stricter capital controls in the form of a tax on foreign borrowing.

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Paper provided by Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University in its series Discussion Paper Series with number DP2010-01.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2010
Date of revision: Jul 2011
Handle: RePEc:kob:dpaper:dp2010-01
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