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Project finance as a driver of economic growth in low‐income countries

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  • Stefanie Kleimeier
  • Roald Versteeg

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This study investigates the role of project finance as a driver of economic growth. We hypothesize that project finance is beneficial to the least developed economies as it is able to compensate for a lack of domestic financial development. The contractual structure unique to project finance leads to better investment management and governance. Investigating 90 countries from 1991 to 2005, we find support for our hypothesis. Results show that project finance fosters economic growth and that its effect is strongest in low‐income countries, where financial development and governance is weakest.

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  • Stefanie Kleimeier & Roald Versteeg, 2010. "Project finance as a driver of economic growth in low‐income countries," Review of Financial Economics, John Wiley & Sons, vol. 19(2), pages 49-59, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:revfec:v:19:y:2010:i:2:p:49-59
    DOI: 10.1016/j.rfe.2010.01.002
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