Industry Growth and Capital Allocation: Does Having a Market- or Bank-Based System Matter?

46 Pages Posted: 7 Jun 2002 Last revised: 27 Oct 2010

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Thorsten Beck

City University London - Sir John Cass Business School; Tilburg University - European Banking Center, CentER

Ross Levine

University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: June 2002

Abstract

Are market-based or bank-based financial systems better at financing the expansion of industries that depend heavily on external finance, facilitating the formation of new establishments, and improving the efficiency of capital allocation across industries? We find evidence for neither the market-based nor the bank-based hypothesis. While legal system efficiency and overall financial development boost industry growth, new establishment formation, and efficient capital allocation, having a bank-based or market-based system per se does not seem to matter much.

Suggested Citation

Beck, Thorsten and Levine, Ross Eric, Industry Growth and Capital Allocation: Does Having a Market- or Bank-Based System Matter? (June 2002). NBER Working Paper No. w8982. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=315332

Thorsten Beck

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Ross Eric Levine (Contact Author)

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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