The limited role of small stock exchanges in economic development: A case study of Mozambique and Swaziland

Hearn, Bruce and Piesse, Jenifer (2010) The limited role of small stock exchanges in economic development: A case study of Mozambique and Swaziland. Development Southern Africa, 27 (2). pp. 205-224. ISSN 0376-835x

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Abstract

The establishment of a successful stock market in a developing economy can provide a major source of development finance, both channelling domestic savings and attracting foreign investment. But small markets generally fail. Two micro-markets, Mozambique and Swaziland,
provide an interesting case study to examine the features of new markets in sub-Saharan Africa that differ in a number of ways, including colonial legacy, membership of the Common Monetary Area and the dynamics of the political economy that defines the links between the citizens, the local elite and the state. In both countries, the operational aspects of the stock exchange are clearly inadequate as a means of promoting international investment. Thus, gains from regional integration initiatives or foreign investment are unlikely, as the market’s small size and incomplete institutions currently offer limited potential for either domestic or international risk diversification. However, the political economy in both countries is the real barrier to growth.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance > HG3810 Foreign exchange. International finance. International monetary system
H Social Sciences > HG Finance > HG4001 Finance management. Business finance. Corporation finance
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Depositing User: Bruce Hearn
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2012 14:18
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 05:58
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/38190

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