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NBER Publications by Herman Kamil

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November 2010What Hinders Investment in the Aftermath of Financial Crises: Insolvent Firms or Illiquid Banks?
with Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan, Carolina Villegas-Sanchez: w16528
We quantify the effects of the lending and balance sheet channels on corporate investment, by comparing the performance of foreign-owned exporters to that of domestic during two types of financial crises: "currency" and "twin." A currency crisis involves a depreciated currency, whereas a twin crisis is a combination of banking and currency crises. Our measure of balance sheet weakness is based on maturity and currency mismatches between assets and liabilities. During a twin crisis, a 1 percent worsening of the balance sheet translates into a 13 percent decline in investment by domestic exporters relative to foreign-owned exporters, while the latter increase investment by 5 percent in spite of the credit crunch. There is no difference in investment rates between the two set of exporters und...
November 2002Cross-Border Trading as a Mechanism for Capital Flight: ADRs and the Argentine Crisis
with Sebastian Auguste, Kathryn M.E. Dominguez, Linda L. Tesar: w9343
This paper examines the surprising performance of the Argentine stock market in the midst of the country's most recent financial crisis and the role played by ADRs in Argentine capital flight. Although Argentine investors were subject to capital controls, they were able to purchase stocks with associated ADRs for pesos in Argentina, convert them into ADRs, re-sell them in New York for dollars and deposit the dollar proceeds in U.S. bank accounts. In the paper we show that: (1) ADR discounts went as high as 60% (indicating that Argentine investors were willing to pay significant amounts in order to legally move their funds abroad), (2) the market anticipated (correctly) a 40% devaluation, (3) local market factors in Argentina became more important in pricing peso denominated stocks with as...

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