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Have currency-based capital flow management measures curbed international banking flows?


  • Annamaria de Crescenzio


  • Marta Golin

    (University of Oxford)

  • Francesco Molteni

    (European University Institute)


This paper analyses the impact of a specific type of banking regulation on operations in foreign currency, defined as currency-based capital flow management measures (CB-CFMs), on cross-border banking flows in a sample of 18 countries over the period 2005 to 2013. The results show that the introduction and tightening of these measures in the post-crisis period contributed to a reduction of the external debt of banks, controlling for capital flow management measures, domestic macro-prudential regulation, and a large set of push and pull factors. The examination of external debt by maturity and instruments suggests that these measures are more effective in curbing short-term debt and interbank borrowing, which are also the components that contracted more sharply in the aftermath of the 2008 crisis. Further analysis could look at the benefits these measures bring in terms of financial stability, and evaluate the costs of capital account openness against the risks that CB-CFMs aim to address.

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  • Annamaria de Crescenzio & Marta Golin & Francesco Molteni, 2017. "Have currency-based capital flow management measures curbed international banking flows?," OECD Working Papers on International Investment 2017/4, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:dafaaa:2017/4-en
    DOI: 10.1787/c0cc3f28-en

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    1. Ahnert, Toni & Forbes, Kristin & Friedrich, Christian & Reinhardt, Dennis, 2021. "Macroprudential FX regulations: Shifting the snowbanks of FX vulnerability?," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 140(1), pages 145-174.

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    banking debt; capital flow management measures; currency-based measures; external debt; macro-prudential policies;
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    JEL classification:

    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • F3 - International Economics - - International Finance
    • F38 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Financial Policy: Financial Transactions Tax; Capital Controls
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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