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Political Origins of Financial Structure

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  • Sambit Bhattacharyya

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There is a growing policy interest in the role of financial structure in promoting development.� However, very little is known about how different financial structures emerge and evolve.� In this paper we empirically assess the political origins of financial structure.� Using difference-indifference estimaton and annual data, we study the effects of democratization on financial structure in a sample of 96 countries covering the period 1970 to 2005.� Democratization here corresponds to the event of becoming a democracy.� We find that democratization leads to a more market-based financial system.� Democractic change could also be incremental rather than a one off.� To identify the causal effect of incremental democratic change on financial structure we estimate a separate model and find that democracy matters.� We also find that countries with substantial democratic capital are more likely to have a market-based financial structure.� Our main results are robust to a variety of controls, instrumental variable estimation using commodity price and rainfall as instruments, Arellano-Bond GMM estimation, alternative measures of democracy and financial structure, and across different samples.

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Paper provided by University of Oxford, Department of Economics in its series Economics Series Working Papers with number WPS/2011-20.

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  1. Sambit Bhattacharyya & Roland Hodler, 2010. "Do Natural Resource Revenues Hinder Financial Development? The Role of Political Institutions," CSAE Working Paper Series 2010-40, Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford.

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