Thursday, April 28, 2011

IMF on capital controls

The IMF has, over the years, changed its line on capital controls- from opposing these outright to now admitting these may be required in some situations. This, of course, vindicates India's position on gradual movement towards capital account convertibility and also that of emerging markets that have imposed capital controls as required.

It's good to see the IMF changing its position in the face of facts or evidence but its learning may be proving costly to its member countries. How many countries have ended up paying a steep price for rushing into full convertibility? And can we now expect to hear a different tune on other things, such as privatisation, subsidies or food security?

More on how the IMF's position on capital controls has evolved in my ET column, IMF lessons and other tales.

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