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Stock Market and Shareholder Protection: Are They Important for Economic Growth?


  • Rathinam Francis Xavier

    (Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi, India)

  • Raja A. V.

    (University of Hyderabad, India)


This paper tries to determine the long run equilibrium relationship between shareholder protection and stock market development and ultimately their relationship with economic growth in the context of India. A number of causality tests are employed to investigate the long run causal relationship in a system consisting of stock market development, legal development and economic growth. While developments in procedural law and investor protection cause market capitalization, the relationship between stock market and economic growth is ambiguous as the relationship is not consistent for different indicators of stock market development which is contrary to most of the existing literature.

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  • Rathinam Francis Xavier & Raja A. V., 2010. "Stock Market and Shareholder Protection: Are They Important for Economic Growth?," The Law and Development Review, De Gruyter, vol. 3(2), pages 306-325, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:lawdev:v:3:y:2010:i:2:n:10

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    2. Abu Nurudeen, 2009. "Does Stock Market Development Raise Economic Growth? Evidence from Nigeria," The Review of Finance and Banking, Academia de Studii Economice din Bucuresti, Romania / Facultatea de Finante, Asigurari, Banci si Burse de Valori / Catedra de Finante, vol. 1(1), pages 015-026, December.

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