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NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Capital Account Liberalization: Allocative Efficiency or Animal Spirits?

Anusha Chari, Peter Blair Henry

NBER Working Paper No. 8908
Issued in April 2002
NBER Program(s):CF, IFM

In the year that capital-poor countries open their stock markets to foreign investors, the growth rate of their typical firm's capital stock exceeds its pre-liberalization mean by 4.1 percentage points. In each of the next three years the average growth rate of the capital stock for the 369 firms in the sample exceeds its pre-liberalization mean by 6.1 percentage points. However, there is no evidence that differences in the liberalization-induced changes in the cost of capital or investment opportunities drive the cross-sectional variation in the post-liberalization investment increases.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w8908

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