ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Non-resident Deposits in India:In Search of Return?

This paper analyses trends in the accumulation of non-resident Indian (NRI) deposits and investigates the determinants of these inflows. It finds that monthly deposit flows have been quite stable since the 1991 crisis; nevertheless, there have been occasions when monthly flows turned negative in the short run, coinciding with adverse domestic or external events. Econometric analysis shows that NRI deposits are influenced by standard risk and return variables. In particular, inflows respond positively to changes in relative interest rates on NRI deposits and LIBOR; negatively to political and geopolitical uncertainties, such as the government resigning in midterm or tensions on India's borders; and also to adverse external events, such as the Asian crisis.

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