RIEB Discussion Paper Series No.2014-25


A Comparison between Optimal Capital Controls under Fixed Exchange Rates and Optimal Monetary Policy under Flexible Rates


We apply a Ramsey-type analysis to a standard sticky price, small open economy model, examining the welfare implications of optimal capital controls under fixed exchange rates and optimal monetary policy under flexible exchange rates. We show that capital controls can significantly reduce the gap between the welfare levels under fixed and flexible exchange rates.


Optimal capital controls, Optimal monetary policy, Ramsey policy, Exchange rate regimes, Small open economy, Sticky prices, Welfare comparison, Incomplete markets

JEL Classification

E5, F4


Shigeto KITANO
Research Institute for Economics and Business Administration
Kobe University
Rokkodai-cho, Nada-ku, Kobe
657-8501 Japan
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Faculty of Business, Aichi Shukutoku University