Complementarity between Multilateral Lending and Private Flows to Developing Countries: Some Empirical Results

23 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016

Date Written: December 2001

Abstract

Even though multilateral loans may have behaved countercyclically with respect to private flows to developing countries in the short term, these flows tended to complement private flows in the medium term by signaling - and often fostering - a better investment environment in the borrowing country.

Despite the surge in private capital flows in the 1990s, lending by the multilateral development banks continues to be a significant source of external finance for low-income and lower-middle-income countries. And for middle-income countries, which receive the lion's share of private flows, multilateral lending has played an important stabilizing role during times of credit rationing.

Even though multilateral loans may have behaved countercyclically with respect to private flows in the short term, these loans also tended to complement private flows in the medium term by signaling - and often fostering - a better investment environment in the borrowing countries.

This paper - a product of the Development Prospects Group - is part of a larger effort in the group to understand the relationship between official flows and private flows to developing countries. The author may be contacted at dratha@worldbank.org.

Suggested Citation

Ratha, Dilip, Complementarity between Multilateral Lending and Private Flows to Developing Countries: Some Empirical Results (December 2001). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=634459

Dilip Ratha (Contact Author)

World Bank ( email )

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