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Managing Capital Flows: The Case of India

Ajay Shah () and Ila Patnaik ()

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Abstract: From the early 1990s, India embarked on easing capital controls. Liberalization emphasised openness towards equity flows, both FDI and portfolio flows. In particular, there are few barriers in the face of portfolio equity flows. In recent years, a massive increase in the value of foreign ownership of Indian equities has come about, largely reflecting improvements in the size, liquidity and corporate governance of Indian frms. While the system of capital controls appears formidable, the de facto openness on the ground is greater than is apparent, particularly because of the substantial enlargement of the current account. These changes to capital account openness were not accompanied by commensurate monetary policy reform. The monetary policy regime has consisted essentially of a pegged exchange rate to the US dollar throughout. [WP No. 2008-52]

Keywords: Indian; India; firms; governance; government; monetary policy; capital; US; USA; dollar; FDI; portfolio; flows; equities; equity; corporate governance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008-07
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