Welfare Gains from Financial Liberalization

Author/Editor:

Kenichi Ueda ; Robert M. Townsend

Publication Date:

July 1, 2007

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Financial liberalization has been a controversial issue as there is little empirical evidence for its positive effects on economic growth. However, we find sizable welfare gains, 1 to 28 percent of permanent consumption though, consistent with the literature, the gain in the economic growth is ambiguous, -0.2 to 0.7 percent. We apply a canonical growth model with endogenous financial deepening to Thailand, 1976-96. As effective bank transaction costs decline, more people take advantage of financial services. We estimate the gains by comparing model simulations under the historical episode of financial liberalization to those under a hypothetical continuation of financial repression.

Series:

Working Paper No. 07/154

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

July 1, 2007

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451867183/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2007154

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

40

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