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Is Optimal Capital-Control Policy Countercyclical In Open-Economy Models With Collateral Constraints?

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  • Stephanie Schmitt-Grohé
  • Martín Uribe

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This paper contributes to a literature that studies optimal capital control policy in open economy models with pecuniary externalities due to flow collateral constraints. It shows that the optimal policy calls for capital controls to be lowered during booms and to be increased during recessions. These findings are at odds with the conventional view that capital controls should be tightened during expansions to curb capital inflows and relaxed during contractions to discourage capital flight.

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  • Stephanie Schmitt-Grohé & Martín Uribe, 2016. "Is Optimal Capital-Control Policy Countercyclical In Open-Economy Models With Collateral Constraints?," NBER Working Papers 22481, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics

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