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Do Macroeconomic Effects of Capital Controls Vary by Their Type? Evidence from Malaysia

Author/Editor: Tamirisa, Natalia T.
Authorized for Distribution: January 1, 2004
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Summary: This paper examines how the macroeconomic effects of capital controls vary depending on which type of international financial transaction they cover. Drawing on Malaysia's experiences in regulating the capital account during the 1990s, it finds, in an error-correction model, that capital controls generally have statistically insignificant effects on the exchange rate. Controls on portfolio outflows and on bank and foreign exchange operations facilitate reductions in the domestic interest rate, while controls on portfolio inflows have the opposite effect, in line with the theoretical priors. Controls on international transactions in the domestic currency and stock market operations have statistically insignificant effects on the interest rate differential.
 
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Series: Working Paper No. 04/3
Subject(s): Capital controls | Malaysia | Capital flows | Investment
Author's keyword(s): Malaysia | capital | exchange | controls | portfolio | flows | investment | Asian Crises
 
English  
    Published:   January 1, 2004        
    ISBN/ISSN:   1934-7073   Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA0032004   Pages:   23
    Price:   US$15.00 (Academic Rate: US$15.00 )
       
     
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