Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/123526
Authors: 
Asongu, Simplice A.
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
AGDI Working Paper WP/11/011
Abstract: 
The dominance of English common-law countries in prospects for financial development in the legal-origins debate has been debunked by recent findings. Using exchange rate regimes and economic/monetary integration oriented hypotheses, this paper proposes an “inflation uncertainty theory” in providing theoretical justification and empirical validity as to why French civil-law countries have higher levels of financial allocation efficiency. Inflation uncertainty, typical of floating exchange rate regimes accounts for the allocation inefficiency of financial intermediary institutions in English common-law countries. As a policy implication, results support the benefits of fixed exchange rate regimes in financial intermediary allocation efficiency.
Subjects: 
Banking
allocation efficiency
exchange rate
inflation
economic integration
JEL: 
D61
G20
K00
P50
R10
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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