Financial sector development and growth in small open economies
This article investigates the Granger causal relationship between financial development and economic growth for four small open economies over the period 1960 to 2003. Both long- and short-run Granger causality tests are used to assess the finance-growth nexus. The results suggest that there is a positive association between financial development and growth in all countries. However, the long-run causality tests show that growth tends to lead financial development in Singapore and Jamaica, financial development leads growth in Trinidad and Tobago and there is a bidirectional link in Barbados. These results therefore suggest that cross-country studies could overstate the impact of financial development on growth, since they ignore differences - even in relatively homogenous groups.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Economics, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Bridgetown, Barbados
Publication date: 2011-04-01