The Composition of Capital Flows : Is South Africa Different?

Author/Editor:

Norbert Funke ; Faisal Ahmed ; Rabah Arezki

Publication Date:

March 1, 2005

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Summary:

Over the past decade, South Africa has attracted relatively little foreign direct investment (FDI), but considerable amounts of portfolio inflows. In this context, the objective of the paper is twofold: to identify the determinants of the level and composition of capital flows to emerging markets and to draw policy conclusions for South Africa. We estimate a dynamic panel for up to 81 emerging markets using GMM (Generalized Method of Moments) techniques. The results suggest that further trade and capital control liberalization would increase the share of FDI. Additionally, a reduction in exchange rate volatility would affect the composition of capital flows in favor of FDI.

Series:

Working Paper No. 05/40

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

March 1, 2005

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451860597/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2005040

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

28

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