From Financial Repression to External Distress: The Case of Venezuela

Citation:

Santos, M. & Reinhart, C., 2016. From Financial Repression to External Distress: The Case of Venezuela. Emerging Markets Finance and Trade , (Jan. 2016) , pp. 1-30. Copy at http://www.tinyurl.com/y3dnfes9

Abstract:

Recent work suggests a connection between domestic debt and external default. We examine potential linkages for Venezuela, where the evidence reveals a nexus among domestic debt, financial repression, and external vulnerability. The financial repression tax (as a share of GDP) is similar to OECD economies, in spite of higher debt ratios in the latter. The financial repression “tax rate” is higher in years of exchange controls and legislated interest rate ceilings. We document a link between domestic disequilibrium and a weakening of the net foreign asset position via private capital flight. We suggest these findings are not unique to Venezuela.

Publisher's Version

CID Faculty Working Paper Series: 293
Keywords: capital flight, capital and exchange controls, default, domestic debt, external debt, financial repression, inflation, interest rates
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