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Are we there yet? On the convergence of financial reforms

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  • Jac Heckelman

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  • Sandeep Mazumder

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Since the 1970s, there have been substantial financial reforms across the world, however little research has been devoted to studying the convergence path of these reforms. While Abiad and Mody (Am Econ Rev 95:66–88, 2005 ) find that there is movement towards a global ‘norm’ of financial reform, their findings are based upon a cross-sectional approach that has been widely criticized in the literature. In this paper we offer new time-series evidence on the convergence of financial reforms both across and within regions, which can also act as a metric to measure the degree of globalization among countries’ financial systems. We find that some regions of the world have fully converged, but the advanced economies and Sub-Saharan Africa are not converging. In addition, while most countries have fully converged within their own region, notable exceptions are also identified. These results suggest that while financial reforms have largely become homogenized, important distinctions still remain. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

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  • Jac Heckelman & Sandeep Mazumder, 2013. "Are we there yet? On the convergence of financial reforms," Economics of Governance, Springer, vol. 14(4), pages 385-409, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:ecogov:v:14:y:2013:i:4:p:385-409
    DOI: 10.1007/s10101-013-0136-z
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    5. Jac C. Heckelman & Andrew T. Young, 2014. "How Global is Globalization?," Working Papers 14-08, Department of Economics, West Virginia University.

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    Keywords

    Convergence; Financial reforms; Liberalization; P11; P34; N20; G28;

    JEL classification:

    • P11 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Planning, Coordination, and Reform
    • P34 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Finance
    • N20 - Economic History - - Financial Markets and Institutions - - - General, International, or Comparative
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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