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The Quality Effect; Does Financial Liberalization Improve the Allocation of Capital?

  • Abdul Abiad
  • Nienke Oomes
  • Kenichi Ueda

The study documents evidence of a "quality effect" of financial liberalization on allocative efficiency, which is measured by the dispersion in Tobin's Q across firms. Based on a simple model, the authors predict that financial liberalization, by equalizing access to credit, reduces the variation in expected marginal returns. They test this prediction using a new financial liberalization index and firm-level data for five emerging markets: India, Jordan, Korea, Malaysia, and Thailand. They find strong evidence that financial liberalization, rather than financial deepening, improves allocative efficiency.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 04/112.

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Date of creation: 01 Jun 2004
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:04/112
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