The Recent Convergence of Financial Development in Asia

Robert Dekle, Madhavi Pundit
2016 Emerging markets finance & trade  
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more » ... bedingungen die in der dort genannten Lizenz gewährten Nutzungsrechte. on ongoing and recently completed research and policy studies undertaken by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) staff, consultants, or resource persons. The series deals with key economic and development problems, particularly those facing the Asia and Pacific region; as well as conceptual, analytical, or methodological issues relating to project/program economic analysis, and statistical data and measurement. The series aims to enhance the knowledge on Asia's development and policy challenges; strengthen analytical rigor and quality of ADB's country partnership strategies, and its subregional and country operations; and improve the quality and availability of statistical data and development indicators for monitoring development effectiveness. ABSTRACT v I. ABSTRACT We construct an index of financial development for 23 Asian economies based on subindices of access, depth, and efficiency of financial institutions and markets and find evidence that economies with weaker financial systems are catching up to the Asian benchmark economies, namely Hong Kong, China; Japan; the Republic of Korea; and Singapore. Gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, aggregate GDP, and mobile subscriptions all increase the growth rate of financial development in Asian economies while institutional factors have insignificant or ambiguous effects. We also evaluate the relative importance of the subindices in delivering high economic growth, low volatility, and greater financial access.
doi:10.1080/1540496x.2015.1103142 fatcat:ursalzkrwnd6dlpf7anrlnueda