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What Lessons Can Asia Draw from Capital Controls in Brazil during 2008–2012?

  • Jinjarak, Yothin

    (Asian Development Bank Institute)

  • Noy, Ilan

    (Asian Development Bank Institute)

  • Zheng, Huanhuan

    (Asian Development Bank Institute)

Driven by waves of foreign capital inflows and outflows, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, and Thailand—among several other emerging markets—have resorted to capital control policy since 2006. Are capital controls effective? Controls on capital inflows have been experiencing a renaissance since 2008, with several prominent Asian and Latin American countries implementing them. This paper focuses on Brazil, which instituted five changes in its capital account regime over 2008–2011. It concludes that the effectiveness of capital controls should be viewed on a case-by-case basis, together with the political economy considerations, and other policy tools, i.e., foreign exchange intervention.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: 28 May 2013
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Handle: RePEc:ris:adbiwp:0423
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