A Solution to Two Paradoxes of International Capital Flows

Author/Editor:

Shang-Jin Wei ; Jiandong Ju

Publication Date:

July 1, 2006

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

International capital flows from rich to poor countries can be regarded as either too low (the Lucas paradox in a one-sector model) or too high (when compared with the logic of factor price equalization in a two-sector model). To resolve the paradoxes, we introduce a non-neoclassical model which features financial contracts and firm heterogeneity. In our model, free patterns of gross capital flow emerge as a function of the quality of the financial system and the level of protection for property rights(i.e., the risk of expropriation. A poor country with an inefficient financial system but a low expropriation risk may simultaneously experience an outflow of financial capital but an inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI), resulting in a small net flow.

Series:

Working Paper No. 06/178

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

July 1, 2006

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451864380/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2006178

Format:

Paper

Pages:

39

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