Do Financial Sector Reforms Lead to Financial Development? Evidence from a New Dataset

Author/Editor:

Thierry Tressel ; Enrica Detragiache

Publication Date:

December 1, 2008

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Summary:

This paper studies whether the policies that, over the past decades, liberalized bankingsystems around the world have resulted in deeper credit markets. To measure banking sectorreforms we use a new index that tracks policy changes in five separate areas for 91 countriesover 1973-2005. We find that reforms have led to financial deepening, but only in countrieswith institutions that place checks and balances on political power. We interpret this asevidence of a complementarity between financial sector reforms and political institutions thatprotect property rights. Other country characteristics do not seem to significantly influencethe effect of banking reforms on financial development.

Series:

Working Paper No. 08/265

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

December 1, 2008

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451871234/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2008265

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

42

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