Trade in Financial Services: Procompetitive Effects and Growth Performance

CEPR Working Paper No. 2144

Posted: 23 Sep 1999

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Joseph F. Francois

University of Bern - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Vienna Institute of International Economic Studies (WIIW); University of Adelaide - School of Economics

Ludger Schuknecht

European Central Bank (ECB)

Date Written: May 1999

Abstract

In this paper we explore linkages between financial services trade and growth. We offer a formalization of the argument that trade, through the fostering of financial market integration, may yield important long-run effects related to increased competition. The relationships formalized here link long-run economic performance to scale economies and cost structures in the financial services sector, and to market concentration in the sector. We first develop an analytical model. This motivates an econometric exercise. Cross-country growth regressions point to a strong positive relationship between financial sector competition and financial sector openness, and between growth and financial sector competition.

JEL Classification: F13, F40, F43

Suggested Citation

Francois, Joseph F and Schuknecht, Ludger, Trade in Financial Services: Procompetitive Effects and Growth Performance (May 1999). CEPR Working Paper No. 2144. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=175488

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