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Pei-Ling Lee, Lee Chin, Siong Hook Law and W.N.W. Azman-Saini
''Do integrated economies grow faster? Evidence from domestic equity holdings''
( 2017, Vol. 37 No.4 )
This paper aims to investigate the impact of financial integration on economic growth. Home bias, which is the tendency of over-investing in domestic stock bourse, is proposed as a proxy of advanced financial integration. The persistence of home bias reflects the existence of international friction. A high degree of home bias reflects imperfect integration of the national stock market with world capital markets and suggests a slower pace of economic expansion. Home bias is utilised, through its own lags, to address the reverse causality implied by potential endogeneity between home bias and real GDP growth. A dynamic GMM approach is employed to address the endogeneity and serial correlation concern. The results indicate the lagged real GDP per capita growth, home bias, government consumption, and variability in real effective exchange rates are found to explain cross-country variation in growth.
Keywords: Home bias, financial integration, economic growth, dynamic GMM
JEL: F3 - International Finance: General
O1 - Economic Development: General
Manuscript Received : Jul 17 2017 Manuscript Accepted : Dec 28 2017

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