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Financial Liberalization, Banking Crises and Growth: Assessing the Links

  • Bonfiglioli, Alessandra

    (IIES, Stockholm University.)

  • Mendicino, Caterina


    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics)

This paper studies the effects of financial liberalization and banking crises on growth. It shows that financial liberalization spurs on average economic growth. Banking crises are harmful for growth, but to a lesser extent in countries with open financial systems and good institutions. The positive effect of financial liberalization is robust to different definitions. While the removal of capital account restrictions is effective by increasing financial depth, equity market liberalization affects growth directly. The empirical analysis is performed through GMM dynamic panel data estimations on a panel of 90 countries observed in the period 1975-1999.

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Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 567.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 21 Oct 2004
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0567
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