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Financial integration in autocracies: Greasing the wheel or more to steal?

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  • Ramin Dadasov
  • Philipp Harms

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  • Oliver Lorz

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This paper analyzes the influence of financial integration on institutional quality. We construct a dynamic political-economic model of an autocracy in which a ruling elite uses its political power to expropriate the general population. Although financial integration reduces capital costs for entrepreneurs and thereby raises gross incomes in the private sector, the elite may counteract this effect by increasing the rate of expropriation. Since de facto political power is linked to economic resources, financial integration also has long run consequences for the distribution of power and for the rise of an entrepreneurial class. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

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Volume (Year): 14 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 1-22

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Keywords: Institutions; Capital mobility; Political economy; F21; O16; P48;

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  1. Markus Alzer & Ramin Dadasov, 2012. "Financial Liberalization and Institutional Development," MAGKS Papers on Economics 201219, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung).

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