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Capital Controls or Real Exchange Rate Policy? A Pecuniary Externality Perspective

  • Eric Young

    (University of Virginia)

  • Alessandro Rebucci

    (Inter-American Development Bank)

  • Christopher Otrok

    (University of Missouri/St Louis Fed)

In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, a new policy paradigm has emerged in which old-fashioned policies such as capital controls and other government distortions have become part of the standard policy toolkit (the so-called macro-prudential policies). On the wave of this seemingly unanimous policy consensus, a new strand of theoretical literature contends that capital controls are welfare enhancing and can be justified rigorously because of second-best considerations. Within the same theoretical framework adopted in this fast-growing literature, we show that a credible commitment to support the exchange rate in crisis times always welfare-dominates prudential capital controls as it can achieve the unconstrained allocation.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2013 Meeting Papers with number 641.

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