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Government Revenue from Financial Repression

  • Alberto Giovannini
  • Martha de Melo
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    This paper presents an analysis of the theoretical underpinnings and the relevance of the phenomenon of financial repression from a public-finance perspective. The analysis explicitly accounts for the interaction between capital controls and financial repression. The proposed empirical estimate of the revenue from financial repression is based on the difference between the domestic and the foreign cost of borrowing of the government. The correlations of the revenue from financial repression with inflation, exchange rates and per-capita income are discussed.

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    Date of creation: Jan 1991
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    Publication status: published as American Economic Review, Vol. 83, no. 4 (1993): 953-963.
    Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:3604
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