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BOK Working Paper No.2012-16, Capital Inflows and Exchange Rate Volatility in Korea

Economic Research Institute (02-759-5404) 2012.12.28 4850

Title : Capital Inflows and Exchange Rate Volatility in Korea


Authors : Kyongwook Choi(Professor, University of Seoul), Kyuil Chung(Head, International Economic Studies Team, Economic Research Institute, the Bank of Korea), Seungwon Kim(Senior Economist, Personnel & Administration Department, the Bank of Korea)




High exchange rate volatility threatens international trade and exacerbates the currency mismatch problem, hence generating economic instability. However, low exchange rate volatility may cause another problem. Low volatility induces speculative capital inflows as speculative investors, who are usually concerned both with the interest rate differential and exchange rate risk, become concerned with the interest rate differential only. In this paper we use several techniques to identify the relationship between exchange rate volatility and capital inflows in Korea. First, estimation of a Markov switching model shows that all kind of capital inflows increase under low volatility regimes, while capital inflows with the exception of FDI all decrease under high volatility regimes. Second, estimation of a multivariate GARCH-in-Mean Model and the impulse response function derived from it provide evidence that lower exchange rate volatility tends to increase most types of capital inflows other than FDI. These results imply that a medium level of exchange rate volatility is most beneficial for economic stability.