Capital Controls as Macro-Prudential Policy in a Large Open Economy

59 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2019

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Scott Davis

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Michael Devereux

Schroders Investment Management

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Date Written: 2019-03-27

Abstract

The literature on optimal capital controls for macro-prudential policy has focused on capital controls in a small open economy. This ignores the spillover effects to the rest of the world. This paper re-examines the case for capital controls in a large open economy, where domestic financial constraints may bind following a large negative shock. There is a tension between the desire to tax inflows to manipulate the terms of trade and tax outflows for macro-prudential purposes. Non-cooperative capital controls are ineffective as macro-prudential policy. Cooperative policy will ignore terms-of-trade manipulation and thus cooperative capital controls yield more effective macro-prudential policy.

Keywords: Capital controls, large open economy, terms-of-trade, macroprudential, crisis management

JEL Classification: F40

Suggested Citation

Davis, Scott and Devereux, Michael, Capital Controls as Macro-Prudential Policy in a Large Open Economy (2019-03-27). Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute Working Paper No. 358. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3375171 or http://dx.doi.org/10.24149/gwp358

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Michael Devereux

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