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Does Financial Liberalization Improve the Allocation of Investment? Micro Evidence from Developing Countries

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  • Arturo Galindo
  • Fabio Schiantarelli

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    (Boston College)

  • Andrew Weiss

    (Boston University)

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Using firm level panel data from twelve developing countries we explore if financial liberalization improves the efficiency with which investment funds are allocated. A summary index of the efficiency of investment allocation that measures whether investment funds are going to firms with a higher marginal return to capital is developed. We examine the relationship between this and various measures of financial liberalization and find that liberalization increases the efficiency with which investment funds are allocated. This holds after various robustness checks and is consistent with firm level evidence that a stronger association between investment and fundamentals after financial liberalization.

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Paper provided by Boston College Department of Economics in its series Boston College Working Papers in Economics with number 625.

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Length: 51 pages
Date of creation: 04 Oct 2005
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Publication status: forthcoming, Journal of Development Economics
Handle: RePEc:boc:bocoec:625

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Keywords: financial liberalization; investment; efficiency; reform; development;

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