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Financial Openness and Productivity


Geert Bekaert


Columbia Business School - Finance and Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Campbell R. Harvey


Duke University - Fuqua School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Christian T. Lundblad


University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School

May 1, 2010

World Development, Vol. 39, No. 1, pp. 1-19, May 2010

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Financial openness is often associated with higher rates of economic growth. We show that the impact of openness on factor productivity growth is more important than the effect on capital growth. This explains why the growth effects of liberalization appear to be largely permanent, not temporary. We attribute these permanent liberalization effects to the role financial openness plays in stock market and banking sector development, and to changes in the quality of institutions. We find some indirect evidence of higher investment efficiency post-liberalization. We also document threshold effects: countries that are more financially developed or have higher quality of institutions experience larger productivity growth responses. Finally, we show that the growth boost from openness outweighs the detrimental loss in growth from global or regional banking crises.

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Date posted: October 21, 2011 ; Last revised: July 4, 2013

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Bekaert, Geert and Harvey, Campbell R. and Lundblad, Christian T., Financial Openness and Productivity (May 1, 2010). World Development, Vol. 39, No. 1, pp. 1-19, May 2010 . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1946503

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Geert Bekaert (Contact Author)
Columbia Business School - Finance and Economics ( email )
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Campbell R. Harvey
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Christian T. Lundblad
University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School ( email )
Kenan-Flagler Business School
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490
United States
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