Putting the Cart Before the Horse? Capital Account Liberalization and Exchange Rate Flexibility in China

Author/Editor:

Eswar S Prasad ; Qing Wang ; Thomas Rumbaugh

Publication Date:

January 1, 2005

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper reviews the issues involved in moving towards greater exchange rate flexibility and capital account liberalization in China. A more flexible exchange rate regime would allow China to operate a more independent monetary policy, providing a useful buffer against domestic and external shocks. At the same time, weaknesses in China’s financial system suggest that capital account liberalization poses significant risks and should be a lower priority in the short term. This paper concludes that greater exchange rate flexibility is in China’s own interest and that, along with a more stable and robust financial system, it should be regarded as a prerequisite for undertaking a substantial liberalization of the capital account.

Series:

Policy Discussion Paper No. 05/1

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

January 1, 2005

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451975451/1934-7456

Stock No:

PPIEA2005001

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

32

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