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International Capital Flows and Development; Financial Openness Matters

Luca Ricci (), Thierry Tressel () and Dennis Reinhardt ()

No 10/235, IMF Working Papers from International Monetary Fund

Abstract: Does capital flow from rich to poor countries? We revisit the Lucas paradox and explore the role of capital account restrictions in shaping capital flows at various stages of economic development. We find that, when accounting for the degree of capital account openness, the prediction of the neoclassical theory is confirmed: less developed countries tend to experience net capital inflows and more developed countries tend to experience net capital outflows, conditional of various countries’ characteristics. The findings are driven by foreign direct investment, portfolio equity investment, and to some extent by loans to the private sector.

Keywords: Economic models; Developing countries; Development; Developed countries; Economic development; Cross country analysis; Current account; Capital account; Capital flows; Lucas paradox, financial openness, capital inflows, capital account openness, Financial Aspects of Economic Integration, Economic Growth And Aggregate Productivity, (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 44
Date: 2010-10-01
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