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Financial Development and Real Price Level Differences


  • Xu, Zhenhui
  • Feldman, David H


Real price levels are systematically lower in developing countries than in developed counties. This paper provides time series evidence about the effect of financial development on real price level differences for 40 developing countries. Based on cointegration tests, a long-run equilibrium relationship is found between financial development and real price level differences in 21 countries. In seven countries financial development "Granger-causes" real price level differentials, while for 19 countries the causality runs in the opposite direction. Country-specific institutional or political-economy differences, typically ignored in cross-section analysis, likely play an important role in real price level differences. Copyright 1999 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

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  • Xu, Zhenhui & Feldman, David H, 1999. "Financial Development and Real Price Level Differences," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 3(1), pages 27-43, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:rdevec:v:3:y:1999:i:1:p:27-43

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