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Law, finance and development: further analyses of longitudinal data

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  • Prabirjit Sarkar
  • Ajit Singh

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This paper analyses a longitudinal dataset on legal protection of shareholders over a 36 year period, 1970--2005, for four advanced countries, the UK, France, Germany and the USA. It examines two aspects of the legal origin hypothesis--whether shareholder protection is higher in the common law countries (UK and USA) than in the civil law countries (France and Germany) and whether shareholder protection matters for stock market development in the short and long runs. It also examines the 'causation' issue and the 'endogeneity' problem--whether greater shareholder protection leads to stock market development or whether stock market development leads to changes in law. The paper casts serious doubt on the validity of the basic theses of the Anglo Saxon legal and developmental model. Copyright The Author 2009. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Cambridge Political Economy Society. All rights reserved., Oxford University Press.

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Volume (Year): 34 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (March)
Pages: 325-346

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Handle: RePEc:oup:cambje:v:34:y:2010:i:2:p:325-346

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  1. Themistokles Lazarides, 2011. "Corporate governance legal and regulatory framework's effectiveness in Greece: A response," Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 19(3), pages 244-253, July.
  2. Deakin, Simon & Sarkar, Prabirjit & Singh, Ajit, 2010. "An End to Consensus? The (Non) Impact of Legal Reforms on Financial Development," MPRA Paper 53352, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Deakin, S. & Sarkar, P. & Singh, A., 2011. "An End to Consensus? The Selective Impact of Corporate Law Reform on Financial Development," ESRC Centre for Business Research - Working Papers wp423, ESRC Centre for Business Research.
  4. Wenwen Zhan & John Turner, 2012. "Crossing the River by Touching Stones?: The Reform of Corporate Ownership in China," Asia-Pacific Financial Markets, Springer, vol. 19(3), pages 233-258, September.
  5. sarkar, prabirjit, 2011. "Common Law vs. Civil Law: Which System Provides More Protection to Shareholders and Creditors and Promotes Financial Development," MPRA Paper 32930, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  6. Harilaos Mertzanis, 2011. "The effectiveness of corporate governance policy in Greece," Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 19(3), pages 222-243, July.
  7. Olga Pogrebennyk, 2014. "Code or court: the financial-political aspect of correlation between common and civil law," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 37(2), pages 175-181, April.

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