What Lessons Can Asia Draw from Capital Controls in Brazil During 2008-2012?

37 Pages Posted: 29 May 2013

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Yothin Jinjarak

University of London - SOAS - Department of Financial and Management Studies

Ilan Noy

Victoria University of Wellington

Huanhuan Zheng

National University of Singapore

Date Written: May 28, 2013

Abstract

Driven by waves of foreign capital inflows and outflows, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, and Thailand — among several other emerging markets — have resorted to capital control policy since 2006. Are capital controls effective? Controls on capital inflows have been experiencing a renaissance since 2008, with several prominent Asian and Latin American countries implementing them. This paper focuses on Brazil, which instituted five changes in its capital account regime over 2008-2011. It concludes that the effectiveness of capital controls should be viewed on a case-by-case basis, together with the political economy considerations, and other policy tools, i.e., foreign exchange.

Keywords: capital control, brazil, global financial crisis, mutual fund flows, exchange rate

JEL Classification: F32, G23, E60

Suggested Citation

Jinjarak, Yothin and Noy, Ilan and Zheng, Huanhuan, What Lessons Can Asia Draw from Capital Controls in Brazil During 2008-2012? (May 28, 2013). ADBI Working Paper 423, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2271425 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2271425

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