Welfare Gains from Financial Liberalization
Robert M. Townsend
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
International Economic Review, Vol. 51, Issue 3, pp. 553-597, August 2010
Financial liberalization has been a controversial issue, as empirical evidence for growth enhancing effects is mixed. Here, we find sizable welfare gains from liberalization (cost to repression), although the gain in economic growth is ambiguous. We take the view that financial liberalization is a government policy that alters the path of financial deepening, whereas financial deepening is endogenously chosen by agents given a policy and occurs in transition toward a distant steady state. This history-dependent view necessitates the use of simulation analysis based on a growth model. Our application is a specific episode: Thailand from 1976 to 1996.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 45Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: August 10, 2010
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