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Does Financial Openness Promote Economic Integration?

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  • Fabrizio Carmignani

    (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa)

  • Abdur Chowdhury

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    (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe)

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The effect of financial openness on economic integration for two clusters of countries is estimated: the formerly planned economies of Eastern Europe and central Asia (emerging market economies) and some western advanced economies. We focus on two dimensions of economic integration: convergence of per-capita incomes across countries and trade integration. We employ both single equation estimation and system estimation to account for endogenous links between trade integration and income convergence. Results show that in the cluster of emerging market economies, financial openness is a powerful instrument of economic integration. In the group of advanced economies, financial openness effectively facilitates income convergence, but its impact on trade integration is ambiguous.

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Paper provided by UNECE in its series ECE Discussion Papers Series with number 2007_4.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2007
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Publication status: Published in UNECE Discussion Paper Series, No. 2007_4
Handle: RePEc:ece:dispap:2007_4

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Keywords: financial openness; economic integration; transition economies; east Europe;

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