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Do Stock Markets Promote Economic Growth

  • Randall K. Filer
  • Jan Hanousek
  • Nauro F. Campos

One of the most enduring debates in economics is whether financial development causes economic growth or whether it is a consequence of increased economic activity. Little research into this question, however has used a true causality framework. This paper fills this lacuna by using Granger-causality tests to provide evidence of a positive and significant causal relationship going from stock market development to economic growth, particularly for less developed countries.

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Paper provided by William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan in its series William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series with number 267.

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Date of creation: 01 Sep 1999
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