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Liberalizing Cross-Border Capital Flows: How Effective Are Institutional Arrangements against Crisis in Southeast Asia

  • Steinherr, Alfred

    ()

    (DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW))

  • Cisotta, Alessandro
  • Klar, Erik

    ()

    (DIW Berlin German Institute for Economic Research (DIW))

  • Sehovic, Kenan

    (University of Trier)

This paper examines capital controls in two ways. First, it assesses whether capital controls have an economic justification within the context of an economy’s and, in particular, its financial sector’s stage of development. It concludes that capital controls can be justified in countries with an immature financial sector and macroeconomic imbalances. Second, it presents survey of current capital controls in ASEAN+3. It identifies three avenues for making controls more efficient: (i) a tax on capital inflows, or alternatively, a Tobin tax; (ii) a replacement of extensive administrative controls with stricter prudential standards for financial institutions; and (iii) a special treatment for Asian currency unit (ACU) operations, implying selective capital flow liberalization.

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Length: 53 pages
Date of creation: 01 Nov 2006
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Handle: RePEc:ris:adbrei:0006
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