Capital Account Convertibility and Growth: A Developing Country Perspective

Seth, A. K.; Varma, Sumati
April 2009
Decision (0304-0941);Apr-Jun2009, Vol. 36 Issue 1, p55
Academic Journal
This paper investigates the link between capital account liberalization and growth for a cross - section of seventeen developing countries, including India, both theoretically and empirically. It also explores the different measures of capital account openness and the empirical evidence on the association between financial openness and growth. Theoretically, capital account openness leads to growth through two main channels: increase in aggregate investment and an improvement in productivity and efficiency. Existing empirical evidence however suggests that the link between capital account openness and economic growth is weak. The paper uses a de jure measure of capital account convertibility, calculated as the proportion of capital flows to total flow of funds. The results find a positive association between financial openness and growth. However growth is associated with an increase in the efficiency of inputs rather than due to an increase in investment per se. JEL Classification Numbers: F21, F36, F43.


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