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CEP discussion paper
Capital Flows and Asset Prices
Kosuke Aoki, Gianluca Benigno and Nobuhiro Kiyotaki
April 2009
Paper No' CEPDP0921:
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JEL Classification: F32; F37; F41

Tags: capital flows; asset prices; domestic and international borrowing constraints

After liberalizing international transactions of financial assets, many countries experience large swings in asset prices, capital flows, and aggregate production. This paper studies how the adjustment to capital account liberalization depends upon the degree of development of a domestic financial system, and why the economy with an underdeveloped financial system may be vulnerable to shocks to the domestic and foreign finance. We construct a model of a small open economy in which it is difficult to enforce debtors to repay their debts unless the debts are secured by collateral, and assets usable as collateral for international borrowing are more restricted than domestic borrowing.

NBER Internatioinal Seminar on Macroeconomics 2007