A Review of Capital Account Restrictions in Chile in the 1990s

55 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2006

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Francisco Nadal-De Simone

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Piritta Sorsa

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Date Written: April 1999

Abstract

This paper examines the Chilean experience with capital controls and reviews studies on controls on capital inflows. Controls on Chile`s inflows had only a temporary impact in reducing specific inflows because they were affected by avoidance. There is some evidence that controls increased interest rates and altered the composition of capital inflows. The studies, however, contain important methodological problems in measuring flows and significant econometric weaknesses, which cast doubt on the robustness of the estimates. No study has assessed the political economy of the controls. It seems premature to view the Chilean experience as supportive of controls on capital inflows.

Keywords: Capital controls, interest rates and exchange rates, monetary policy

JEL Classification: F32, F21, E58

Suggested Citation

Nadal-De Simone, Francisco and Sorsa, Piritta, A Review of Capital Account Restrictions in Chile in the 1990s (April 1999). IMF Working Paper No. 99/52, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=880579

Francisco Nadal-De Simone (Contact Author)

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

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United States

Piritta Sorsa

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

700 19th Street NW
Washington, DC 20431
United States

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