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Fine-Tuning an Open Capital Account in a Developing Country: The Indonesian Experience

Sisira Jayasuriya and Shawn Leu ()

Asian Development Review, 2012, vol. 29, issue 2, 136-180

Abstract: Indonesia has operated a liberal capital account permitting relatively free flow of international non-FDI flows since the early 1970s. In this paper, we review the Indonesian experience and the effectiveness of capital restrictions during 1990–2010 using a SVAR model of the Indonesian economy. Because of severe data problems in the pre-1997 period and because the Indonesian monetary policy and broader macroeconomic regime underwent fundamental changes since the 1997 crisis, we also estimated a model separately for the 2000–2010 period. Both sets of results suggest that inflow and outflow restrictions have been effective for FDI but largely ineffective for portfolio capital. However, the 2000–2010 model results indicate not only that restrictions on inflows have a short-term impact on restricting portfolio flows, but also suggest that controls on inward portfolio investments have some ability to shift funds from short-term to longer-term markets, though the impact is short-lived.

JEL-codes: F30 F41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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