Liberalizing Cross-Border Capital Flows: How Effective Are Institutional Arrangements against Crisis in Southeast Asia
Alfred Steinherr (),
Erik Klär () and
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Alfred Steinherr: DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW)
Kenan Sehovic: University of Trier
No 6, Working Papers on Regional Economic Integration from Asian Development Bank
This paper examines capital controls in two ways. First, it assesses whether capital controls have an economic justification within the context of an economyÃ¢ÂÂs and, in particular, its financial sectorÃ¢ÂÂs stage of development. It concludes that capital controls can be justified in countries with an immature financial sector and macroeconomic imbalances. Second, it presents survey of current capital controls in ASEAN+3. It identifies three avenues for making controls more efficient: (i) a tax on capital inflows, or alternatively, a Tobin tax; (ii) a replacement of extensive administrative controls with stricter prudential standards for financial institutions; and (iii) a special treatment for Asian currency unit (ACU) operations, implying selective capital flow liberalization.
Keywords: Economic integration; capital controls; Southeast Asia; ASEAN+3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F15 F36 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 53 pages
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