Capital Flows, Exchange Rate Flexibility, and the Real Exchange Rate

Author/Editor:

Jean-Louis Combes ; Patrick Plane ; Tidiane Kinda

Publication Date:

January 1, 2011

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Summary:

This paper analyzes the impact of capital inflows and exchange rate flexibility on the real exchange rate in developing countries based on panel cointegration techniques. The results show that public and private flows are associated with a real exchange rate appreciation. Among private flows, portfolio investment has the highest appreciation effect-almost seven times that of foreign direct investment or bank loans-and private transfers have the lowest effect. Using a de facto measure of exchange rate flexibility, we find that a more flexible exchange rate helps to dampen appreciation of the real exchange rate stemming from capital inflows.

Series:

Working Paper No. 11/9

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

January 1, 2011

ISBN/ISSN:

9781455211876/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2011009

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

34

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