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Financial Globalization and Economic Development: Toward an Institutional Foundation

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  • Machiko Nissanke

    () (School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London)

  • Howard Stein

    (Roosevelt University, Chicago)

Abstract

On the promise of enormous benefits from financial openness, many developing countries have embraced financial globalization by adopting internal and external financial liberalization. Yet, despite the rhetoric of its proponents, there is little evidence of enhanced development finance or any concomitant improvement in economic development. We critically examine the mainstream theoretical rationale for financial globalization and liberalization as well as their explanations of the widespread financial instability and crises that have been associated with financial openness. The paper also draws on broader theoretical traditions to explain the ubiquity of recent financial crises. Pointing to an alternative more dynamic analysis of the symbiotic relationships between finance and economic development, we propose an institutional-centric approach that forms a basis for understanding the transformation required for financial development. For development to occur, financial flows need to feed into real sector circuits to enhance expansion and accumulation, whilst national flows need to tap into international flows to complement the speed and capacity of the domestic flows.

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  • Machiko Nissanke & Howard Stein, 2003. "Financial Globalization and Economic Development: Toward an Institutional Foundation," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 29(2), pages 287-308, Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:29:y:2003:i:2:p:287-308
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    1. Giovanni Cozzi, 2012. "Capital controls," Chapters,in: Handbook of Critical Issues in Finance, chapter 4, pages i-ii Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Zeynep Ozkok, 2015. "Financial openness and financial development: an analysis using indices," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 29(5), pages 620-649, September.
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    Keywords

    Developing Countries; Development; Finance; Financial Liberalization;

    JEL classification:

    • O19 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations
    • O24 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Trade Policy; Factor Movement; Foreign Exchange Policy
    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance

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