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Why doesn't capital flow from rich to poor countries? An empirical investigation

  • Laura Alfaro
  • Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan

We examine the role of di erent explanations for the lack of flows of capital from rich to poor countries−the Lucas paradox−in an empirical framework. Broadly speaking, the theoretical explanations for this paradox include di erences in fundamentals a ecting the production structure versus international capital market imperfections. Our empirical evidence, based on cross-country regressions, shows that for the period 1971−1998, institutional quality is the most important causal variable explaining the Lucas paradox. Human capital and asymmetric information play a role as determinants of capital inflows but these variables cannot fully account for the paradox

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2004 Meeting Papers with number 53.

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