Financial Liberalization and Innovation
Institute of Global Finance, UNSW Business School
Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Finance
University of New South Wales (UNSW) - School of Banking and Finance; Financial Research Network (FIRN)
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Department of Finance
November 9, 2015
Kelley School of Business Research Paper No. 2014-08
We investigate the impact of financial liberalization on technological innovation. Using a fixed effects identification strategy and a sample of 51 developed and emerging economies between 1980 and 2008, we find that external equity finance dependent industries exhibit a disproportionately higher level of innovation output after financial liberalization. The relaxation of financial constraints, the utilization of human capital, and the transmission of foreign technology are three plausible underlying economic channels through which financial liberalization promotes innovation. Our paper provides new insights into the real effects of financial liberalization on the economy and growth.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 56
Keywords: financial liberalization; innovation; financial constraints; human capital; technology transmission
JEL Classification: G15, O30, F63
Date posted: March 2, 2014 ; Last revised: November 9, 2015
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