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Stock markets, banks and the sources of economic growth in low and high income countries

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  • Felix Rioja

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  • Neven Valev

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This paper studies the effects of stock markets and banks on the sources of economic growth, productivity and capital accumulation, using a large cross country panel that includes high- and low-income countries. Results show that, in low-income countries, banks have a sizable positive effect on capital accumulation. We find that stock markets, however, have not contributed to capital accumulation or productivity growth in these countries. Given the emphasis that has been placed in developing equity markets in developing countries, these findings are somewhat surprising. Conversely, in high-income countries, stock markets are found to have sizable positive effects on both productivity and capital growth, while banks only affect capital accumulation. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2014

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  • Felix Rioja & Neven Valev, 2014. "Stock markets, banks and the sources of economic growth in low and high income countries," Journal of Economics and Finance, Springer;Academy of Economics and Finance, vol. 38(2), pages 302-320, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jecfin:v:38:y:2014:i:2:p:302-320
    DOI: 10.1007/s12197-011-9218-3
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    1. Petra Valickova & Tomas Havranek & Roman Horvath, 2015. "Financial Development And Economic Growth: A Meta-Analysis," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 29(3), pages 506-526, July.
    2. Albuquerque de Sousa, Jose & Beck, Thorsten & van Bergeijk, Peter & Van Dijk, Mathijs A, 2016. "Nascent markets: Understanding the success and failure of new stock markets," CEPR Discussion Papers 11604, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    3. Seven, Unal & Coskun, Yener, 2016. "Does financial development reduce income inequality and poverty? Evidence from emerging countries," Emerging Markets Review, Elsevier, vol. 26(C), pages 34-63.
    4. Benczur, Peter & Karagiannis, Stylianos & Kvedaras, Virmantas, 2017. "Finance and economic growth: financing structure and non-linear impact," Working Papers 2017-07, Joint Research Centre, European Commission (Ispra site).
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    6. Seven, Ünal & Yetkiner, Hakan, 2016. "Financial intermediation and economic growth: Does income matter?," Economic Systems, Elsevier, vol. 40(1), pages 39-58.
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    Keywords

    Financial Development; Capital Growth; Productivity; Stock Markets; Banking; Low-income Countries; High-income Countries; G1; O4;

    JEL classification:

    • G1 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets
    • O4 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity

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