Growth from International Capital Flows : The Role of Volatility Regimes

Author/Editor:

Antu Panini Murshid ; Ashoka Mody

Publication Date:

April 1, 2011

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Recent commentary has downplayed the growth dividend from international financial integration, highlighting the possibly negative correlation between capital inflows and long-run growth. This paper presents new evidence consistent with standard economic theory and a more benign interpretation of cross-border private capital flows. The key observation is that a country’s growth volatility changes over time. With volatility below a threshold, an inflow of foreign capital has promoted growth. However, during periods of volatile growth, more flows have been associated with slower growth. Volatility levels and changes reflect an interaction of domestic production and institutional structures with global factors.

Series:

Working Paper No. 11/90

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

April 1, 2011

ISBN/ISSN:

9781455253296/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2011090

Format:

Paper

Pages:

41

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