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On the impact of private capital flows on economic growth and development

  • Laurent Gheeraert
  • Joffrey Malek Mansour

This paper raises two different, but related, questions: On the one hand, is there a link between international capital flows and economic growth? On the other hand, is there a link between international capital flows and development? We address the first question using a structural econometric model and we find a significantly positive relationship between capital flows and growth. This relationship is robust to various measures of capital flows. As to the second question, we perform a simple correlation analysis. We do not find any significant correlation between capital flows and development.

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Paper provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its series Working Papers CEB with number 05-003.RS.

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Length: 37 p.
Date of creation: Apr 2005
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Publication status: Published by: Université Libre de Bruxelles, Solvay Business School, Centre Emile Bernheim (CEB)
Handle: RePEc:sol:wpaper:05-003
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