Capital Inflows and Real Exchange Rate Appreciation in Latin America: The Role of External Factors

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The characteristics of recent capital inflows into Latin America are discussed. It is argued that these inflows are partly explained by conditions outside the region, like the recession in the United States and lower international interest rates. The importance of external factors suggests that a reversal of those conditions may lead to a future capital outflow, increasing the macroeconomic vulnerability of Latin American economies. Policy options, it is argued, are limited.

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Calvo, G., Leiderman, L. & Reinhart, C. Capital Inflows and Real Exchange Rate Appreciation in Latin America: The Role of External Factors. IMF Econ Rev 40, 108–151 (1993). https://doi.org/10.2307/3867379

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