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Makram El-Shagi
 
''Protect and survive? Did capital controls help shield emerging markets from the crisis?''
( 2012, Vol. 32 No.1 )
 
 
Using a new dataset on capital market regulation, we analyze whether capital controls helped protect emerging markets from the real economic consequences of the 2009 financial and economic crisis. The impact of the crisis is measured by the 2009 forecast error of a panel state space model, which analyzes the business cycle dynamics of 63 middle-income countries. We find that neither capital controls in general nor controls that were specifically targeted to derivatives (that played a crucial role during the crisis) helped shield economies. However, banking regulation that limits the exposure of banks to global risks has been highly successful.
 
 
Keywords: Capital controls, financial crisis, emerging markets
JEL: G1 - General Financial Markets: General (includes Measurement and Data)
F3 - International Finance: General
 
Manuscript Received : Oct 17 2011 Manuscript Accepted : Jan 09 2012

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