Openness, Institutions and Financial Development
[This paper is no longer available. It has been replaced by paper 07/5: Financial Development, Openness and Institutions: Evidence from Panel Data.] Using cross-country and dynamic panel data techniques on 43 developing countries during 1980 – 2000, we provide evidence which suggests that financial development is enhanced when a country’s borders are simultaneously open to both capital flows and trade. Our findings also suggest that institutional quality is a statistically significant independent determinant of financial development. Our findings are robust to alternative measures of financial and trade openness, as well as estimation method and sample period.
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