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By Gerald A. Epstein

Capital flight - the unrecorded export of capital from constructing international locations - usually represents an important fee for constructing nations. It additionally poses a puzzle for traditional financial conception, which might are expecting that poorer international locations be importers of capital as a result of its shortage. this case is frequently reversed, even though, with capital fleeing poorer nations for wealthier, capital-abundant locales. utilizing a standard technique for a suite of case experiences at the dimension, factors and results of capital flight in constructing nations, the individuals tackle the level of capital flight, its results, and what should be performed to opposite it. Case stories of Brazil, China, Chile, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and the center East supply wealthy descriptions of the capital flight phenomena in a number of contexts. the amount incorporates a targeted description of capital flight estimation equipment, a bankruptcy surveying the impression of economic liberalization, and several other chapters on controls designed to resolve the capital flight challenge. the 1st e-book dedicated to the cautious calculation of capital flight and its historic and coverage context, this quantity may be of significant curiosity to scholars and students within the parts of foreign finance and monetary improvement.

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