Seoul Journal of Economics - Vol. 17 , No. 1

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Seoul Journal of Economics - Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 25-54
Abbreviation: SJE
ISSN: 1225-0279 (Print)
Print publication date 29 Feb 2004
Received 02 Feb 2004 Revised 12 Mar 2004

Capital Control as a Safeguard in the Capital Account Crisis
Chon Pyo Lee
Professor, School of Economics, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-742, Korea, Tel: +82-2-880-6391 (chonpyo@snu.ac.kr)

JEL Classification: F3, G1, O1


Many emerging market economies suffered from financial crisis mainly caused by capital account imbalances. Main recommendations for preventing crises were to keep the house clean, maintain transparency and good governance, and sound management of macroeconomic policies. It is observed that in the area of finance there is no safeguard measure, whereas in the area of trade there are a few; while the current account imbalances have less severe effects than the capital account imbalances. Thereupon, it is suggested that at least a safeguard measure can be introduced in the area of finance, and capital control is suggested as an emergency safeguard.

Keywords: Capital control, Capital account crisis, Safeguard, Current account crisis, Tobin tax

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