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The political economy of financial development

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  • Sourafel Girma
  • Anja Shortland

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Political economy theories of financial development argue that in countries where a narrow elite controls political decisions, financial development may be obstructed to deny access to finance to potential competitors. We use panel data on developed and developing countries from 1975-2000 to examine the effect of a country's democracy characteristics and regime change on financial development. Our results show that regime stability and democracy promote financial development, with additional benefits from fully democratic regimes. Copyright 2008 , Oxford University Press.

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  • Sourafel Girma & Anja Shortland, 2008. "The political economy of financial development," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 60(4), pages 567-596, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:oxecpp:v:60:y:2008:i:4:p:567-596
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    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • K0 - Law and Economics - - General
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance
    • P16 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Political Economy of Capitalism

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