The Calculation of Chinese Short-Term International Capital Flow: Based on BOP

Gang Shi, Zee Lian


Short-term international capital flows are generally considered to have strong volatility, strong current scale changes, and easy flow direction reversal. Thus short-term international capital flows usually exert a negative influence on a country's real economy and the financial markets, and can produce financial crises. This article briefly examines the channels of short-term international capital flows through a comparative analysis of different methods for estimating the short-term capital flows based on the Chinese Balance of International Payments (BOP), and theoretically demonstrates the relationship between direct and indirect methods. China's short-term international capital flows are subsequently calculated based on the indirect method and the improved direct method. Finally, the paper tests the estimated results, and provides conclusions and recommendations.

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International Journal of Economics and Finance  ISSN  1916-971X (Print) ISSN  1916-9728 (Online)

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