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From Institutions to Financial Development and Growth: What Are the Links?


  • Fernández Martín, Andrés
  • Rud, Juan Pablo


This paper presents an integrated overview of the literature linking institutions, financial development and economic growth. From the large body of research on institutional development, the paper first selects those contributions that make it possible to study the role of institutional arrangements in ameliorating/worsening the information frictions and transaction costs that characterize the development of financial markets. The paper then investigates the theoretical mechanisms by which these specific frictions affect economic growth and presents the stock of empirical evidence quantifying the impact of institutions on growth through financial development.

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  • Fernández Martín, Andrés & Rud, Juan Pablo, 2015. "From Institutions to Financial Development and Growth: What Are the Links?," IDB Publications (Working Papers) 6867, Inter-American Development Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:idb:brikps:6867

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    More about this item


    Property rights; Contract enforcement; Institutions; Economic growth; Financial frictions; Financial development; Transaction costs;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • G38 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance
    • O43 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Institutions and Growth


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