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Agrarian Structure and Endogenous Financial System Development

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  • Dietz Vollrath

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    (Department of Economics, University of Houston)

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The development of the financial system is shown, both historically and in contemporary data, to be adversely affected by inequality in the distribution of land. To accommodate these empirical findings, a theory is developed that highlights the incentives of landowners to oppose competition in the financial sector. The theory provides an explanation for the co-incident development of the financial sector and overall economy.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Houston in its series Working Papers with number 2008-02.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2008
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Keywords: Land distribution; financial development; overlapping generations; financial institutions;

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