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Financial integration and financial development in transition economies: what happens during financial crises?

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This papers provides an empirical analysis of the role of financial development and financial integration in the growth dynamics of transition countries. We focus on the role of financial integration in determining the impact of financial development on growth, distinguishing "normal times" from periods of financial crises. In addition to confirming the significant positive effect on growth exerted by financial development and financial integration, our estimates show that a higher degree of financial openness tends to reduce the contractionary effect of financial crises, by cushioning the effect on the domestic supply of credit. Consequently, the high reliance on international capital flows by transition countries does not necessarily increase their financial fragility. This implies that financial protectionism is a self-defeating policy, at least for transition countries

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  • Arjana Brezigar-Masten & Fabrizio Coricelli & Igor Masten, 2010. "Financial integration and financial development in transition economies: what happens during financial crises?," Documents de travail du Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne 10021, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1), Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne.
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    1. Ahmed Abdullahi D., 2011. "International Financial Integration, Investment and Economic Performance in Sub-Saharan African Countries," Global Economy Journal, De Gruyter, vol. 11(4), pages 1-28, December.
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    Keywords

    Transition economies; financial integration; financial crises; economic growth; threshold effects;

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    • F33 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions
    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets

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