The Quantity Approach of Financial Integration: The Feldstein-Horioka Criterion Revisited
This paper applies the Feldstein-Horioka criterion, that is, the role of savings-investment correlations, to assess the degree of financial integration in the European Community. We establish a link between the Feldstein-Horioka criterion and three other criteria for financial integration: the covered, uncovered, and real interest parity condition. Subsequently, we evaluate the Feldstein-Horioka criterion for financial integration on the basis of its underlying assumptions. The paper performs both cross-section and time-series analyses of savings-investment correlations. The time-series analysis relies on the concept of cointegration. Our major finding is that the Feldstein-Horioka criterionâ€”contrary to what is usually found in world financial marketsâ€”is able to explain an increasing degree of financial integration in the European Community. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995
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