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Title:Does financial integration spur economic growth? : New evidence from the first era of financial globalization PDF Logo
Authors:Schularick, Moritz
Steger, Thomas M.
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:CESifo working papers 1691
Abstract:Does international financial integration boost economic growth? The question has been discussed controversially for a long time. As of yet, robust evidence for a positive impact is lacking (Edison et al., 2002). However, there is substantial narrative evidence from economic history that highlights the contribution European capital made to economic growth of peripheral economies before 1914. We have compiled the first comprehensive data set to test this hypothesis. The main finding is that there was indeed a significant and robust growth effect. Our theoretical explanation stresses property rights protection as a prerequisite for the standard neoclassical model to work properly.
Subjects:international financial integration
economic growth
first era of globalization
JEL:F30
O16
O11
F21
N20
F15
N10
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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