IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/
MyIDEAS: Login to save this article or follow this journal

Financial Development and Economic Growth: Global and African Evidence

  • Victor Murinde
Registered author(s):

    This paper aims to survey existing research on financial development and economic growth, highlighting the theoretical models and evidence from recent empirical work. Emphasis is placed on the flow-of-funds story (finance matters for economic growth). It is noted that recent evidence is weighted in favour of the argument that financial development, in terms of financial institutions and markets and their role in reducing information asymmetry and pricing risk, is crucial for economic growth. Also, new evidence offers important insights into the mechanisms by which finance induces economic growth, including emerging work on corporate finance as well as work that teases out an implication for inter-generational income distribution and poverty reduction (the finance-and-growth opportunity argument). However, there are some cautionary tales, as well, not least because of financial crises and contagion effects and the threat to sustainable growth and income convergence. Evidence specific to African economies is highlighted and implications for policy are drawn. The paper concludes by proposing the way forward for further research. Copyright 2012 , Oxford University Press.

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

    File URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10.1093/jae/ejr042
    Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.

    Article provided by Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) in its journal Journal of African Economies.

    Volume (Year): 21 (2012)
    Issue (Month): suppl_1 (January)
    Pages: -i56

    as
    in new window

    Handle: RePEc:oup:jafrec:v:21:y:2012:i:suppl_1:p:-i56
    Contact details of provider: Postal: Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP, UK
    Phone: +44-(0)1865 271084
    Fax: 01865 267 985
    Web page: http://www.jae.oupjournals.org/
    Email:


    More information through EDIRC

    Order Information: Web: http://www.oup.co.uk/journals

    No references listed on IDEAS
    You can help add them by filling out this form.

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:oup:jafrec:v:21:y:2012:i:suppl_1:p:-i56. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Oxford University Press)

    or (Christopher F. Baum)

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.