Capital Controls and Economic Growth: How Controls on Inflows and Outflows are Different
Roald J. Versteeg
University of London, Birkbeck College - School of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics
February 14, 2008
In order to investigate the effects of different types of capital controls on economic growth, we construct a new measure of capital controls; making this study one of the first to distinguish between controls on inflows and outflows. Contrary to previous studies, we are able to show that capital controls do have an effect on economic growth. We find that controls on capital inflows have a positive effect on economic growth, while controls on outflows have detrimental effects. Moreover, controls on equity markets are also found to have a negative impact on economic growth. These results validate the theoretical arguments made by for instance Mishkin (2001) and Bekaert, Harvey, and Lundblad (2005).
Number of Pages in PDF File: 32
Keywords: Capital Controls, Economic Growth, Developing Countries
JEL Classification: F21, F43, O24, O40
Date posted: February 26, 2008
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