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Financial development and economic growth: evidence from transition economies

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  • Alexandr Akimov
  • Albert Wijeweera
  • Brian Dollery

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The hypothesis that financial development promotes economic growth enjoys significant support from empirical evidence drawn from both developed and developing countries alike. However, analogous empirical evidence is still lacking for economies in transition. This article analyses the effects of financial intermediation on the growth of real GDP by employing data for 27 countries over the period of 1989 to 2004. Using an endogenous growth model and panel data analysis techniques, we estimate regressions with various proxies for financial sector development. We find that in contrast to some recent empirical work, there is a robust positive link between financial development and economic growth in transition economies.

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  • Alexandr Akimov & Albert Wijeweera & Brian Dollery, 2009. "Financial development and economic growth: evidence from transition economies," Applied Financial Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(12), pages 999-1008.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apfiec:v:19:y:2009:i:12:p:999-1008
    DOI: 10.1080/09603100701857880
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    1. Iwasaki, Ichiro & Kumo, Kazuhiro, 2016. "Decline and Growth in Transition Economies: A Meta-Analysis," CEI Working Paper Series 2016-9, Center for Economic Institutions, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
    2. Hartwell, Christopher A., 2014. "The impact of institutional volatility on financial volatility in transition economies : a GARCH family approach," BOFIT Discussion Papers 6/2014, Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition.
    3. Paola Bongini & Małgorzata Iwanicz-Drozdowska & Paweł Smaga & Bartosz Witkowski, 2017. "Financial Development and Economic Growth: The Role of Foreign-Owned Banks in CESEE Countries," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 9(3), pages 1-25, March.
    4. Marques, Luís Miguel & Fuinhas, José Alberto & Marques, António Cardoso, 2012. "Interação entre o mercado acionista e o crescimento económico: Uma apreciação do caso português (1993-2010)
      [Interaction between the stock market and economic growth: An assessment of the Portugues
      ," MPRA Paper 39808, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. repec:eee:finana:v:52:y:2017:i:c:p:252-259 is not listed on IDEAS
    6. Jakhongir Kakhkharov & Alexandr Akimov, 2018. "Financial development in less-developed post-communist economies," Discussion Papers in Finance finance:201801, Griffith University, Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics.

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