The Cypriot government, European authorities and the IMF have concluded that capital controls are the best way to prevent a total collapse of the Cypriot financial system. Motivated by the obvious fear that anybody with money left over in Cyprus will seek to take their money out as soon as possible, temporary capital controls are to be put in place to prevent this.
The capital controls in Cyprus and the Icelandic experience
Jon Danielsson, 28 March 2013
Brazil: Did inward capital controls work?
Márcio Garcia, 1 March 2013
As the developed economies struggle to revive growth and create jobs, the debate about currency wars has come to forefront, with generalised quantitative easing, an EU Tobin tax, and confusing comments from G7 official regarding the effects of Abenomics on the yen.
The Brazilian competitiveness cliff
Otaviano Canuto, Matheus Cavallari, José Guilherme Reis, 27 February 2013
The Brazilian economy is facing considerable competitiveness challenges (Bonelli and Pinheiro 2012). After several years of strong expansion, the recent slowdown seems related to supply-side difficulties stemming from a wide range of inefficiencies and rising costs, rather than insufficient aggregate demand.
Capital controls: Gates versus walls
Michael W Klein, 17 January 2013
Capital controls are no longer considered rogue policies.
The multilateral approach to capital controls
Olivier Blanchard, Jonathan D Ostry, 11 December 2012
Paul Krugman blogged a few days ago about the “surprising intellectual flexibility” of the IMF in endorsing the use of capital controls to “calm volatile cross-border flows” (Krugman 2012).
How effective were the 2008-2011 capital controls in Brazil?
Yothin Jinjarak, Ilan Noy, Huanhuan Zheng, 22 November 2012
Controls on capital inflows have seen a renaissance since the beginning of the global financial crisis in 2008 (Williamson, Jeanne, and Subramanian 2012) and many countries, including Thailand, South Korea, Peru, Indonesia, Brazil and Iceland, have imposed controls.
Did the Indian capital controls work as a tool of macroeconomic policy?
Ila Patnaik, Ajay Shah, 20 November 2012
The empirical literature on the effectiveness of capital controls for macroeconomic management has generally found that transitory capital controls have a relatively limited impact on the magnitude of flows (Magud et. al. 2011). Controls appear to influence the composition of capital flows, but they seem to do so only for a short time.
International rules for capital controls
John Williamson, Olivier Jeanne, Arvind Subramanian, 11 June 2012
Although economists generally agree that countries can derive substantial gains from international economic integration, the extent to which they should open themselves to international capital flows remains a controversial issue. There is still, 20 years after the rise of emerging markets finance, a wide diversity of approaches to capital account policies.
Capital controls are exactly wrong for Iceland
Jon Danielsson, Ragnar Arnason, 14 November 2011
There is a curious difference between how foreign and local economists see the wisdom of capital controls in Iceland. In a recent IMF-government of Iceland conference1, two Nobel Prize winners in economics, along with senior IMF representatives, expressed strong support for the capital controls.
Iceland’s programme with the IMF 2008–11
Friðrik Már Baldursson, 8 November 2011
When Iceland’s three main banks collapsed on 7–9 October 2008 it became obvious that Iceland would suffer a balance-of-payments crisis unless it could get outside support. A currency crisis was already under way (Figure 1). After some initial doubts it became clear to the government that it had no other option than to seek help from the IMF.
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