Interest Rate Differentials and Political Risk

  • Robert Z. Aliber


Political risk is customarily associated with the expropriation of local branches of foreign firms by the host-country governments, usually with inadequate compensation, mostly within developing countries. Consequently, many firms prefer to borrow locally to finance their foreign subsidiaries to minimise their exposure to losses from expropriation; they anticipate that if a subsidiary is expropriated, its new owners would be obliged to repay its debts, and the parent firm would be free of any remaining financial obligation. A second, less dramatic concern with political risk involves changes in exchange controls — firms are concerned about host-country constraints on the payment of dividends and the repayment of capital;1 they want to ‘get their money out’ as soon as possible.


Interest Rate Exchange Control Foreign Firm Exchange Risk Political Risk 
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  1. Richard J. Herring and Richard C. Marston, National Monetary Policies and International Financial Markets (Amsterdam: North-Holland, 1977) esp. chap. 4.Google Scholar

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