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What determines Financial Development? Culture, Institutions, or Trade

  • Nils Herger
  • Roland Hodler
  • Michael Lobsinger

This paper endeavours to explain the vast differences in the size of capital markets across countries, by drawing together theories emphasising cultural values, dysfunctional institutions, or impediments to trade as obstacles to financial development. To account for endogeneity, instrumental variables pertaining to culture, geography, and colonial history are employed. We find that trade openness and institutions constraining the political elite from expropriating financiers exhibit a strong positive effect on the size of capital markets. Conversely, cultural beliefs and the cost of enforcing financial contracts seem not to introduce significant obstacles for financial development.

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Paper provided by DEGIT, Dynamics, Economic Growth, and International Trade in its series DEGIT Conference Papers with number c012_033.

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Length: 28 pages JEL Classification: F36, G2, O16
Date of creation: Jun 2007
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Handle: RePEc:deg:conpap:c012_033
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