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Financial Development and Pre-historic Geographical Isolation: Global Evidence

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  • Oasis Kodila-Tedika

    () (Université de Kinshasa, RDC)

  • Simplice Asongu

    () (Yaoundé, Cameroon)

  • Matthias Cinyabuguma

    () (The World Bank Group)

  • Vanessa Tchamyou

    () (Yaoundé, Cameroon)

Abstract

Using cross-country differences in the degree of isolation before the advent of technologies in sea and air transportation, we assess the relationship between geographic isolation and financial development across the globe. We find that pre-historic geographical isolation has been beneficial to development because it has contributed to contemporary cross-country differences in financial intermediary development. The relationship is robust to alternative samples, different estimation techniques, outliers and varying conditioning information sets. The established positive relationship between geographic isolation and financial intermediary development does not significantly extend to stock market development.

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  • Oasis Kodila-Tedika & Simplice Asongu & Matthias Cinyabuguma & Vanessa Tchamyou, 2017. "Financial Development and Pre-historic Geographical Isolation: Global Evidence," Working Papers 17/041, African Governance and Development Institute..
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    Keywords

    Financial development; Isolation; Agglomeration; Globalization;

    JEL classification:

    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • N7 - Economic History - - Economic History: Transport, International and Domestic Trade, Energy, and Other Services
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance
    • O50 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - General

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