Financial crises and liberalization: progress or reversals?

Saka, Orkun, Campos, Nauro F, De Grauwe, Paul, Ji, Yuemei and Martelli, Angelo (2020) Financial crises and liberalization: progress or reversals? In: Campos, Nauro F, De Grauwe, Paul and Ji, Yuemei (eds.) Economic growth and structural reforms in Europe. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9781108479110

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Financial crisis could play a key role in changing the policy equilibrium concerning financial markets and institutions. Using a recent comprehensive dataset on financial liberalization across 94 countries for the period between 1973 and 2015, we formally test the validity of this prediction for the member states of the European Union as well as a global sample. We contribute by (a) using a new up-to-date dataset of reforms and crises and (b) subjecting it to a combination of difference-in-differences and local projection estimations. In the global sample, our findings on the causal relationship between crises and liberal reforms consistently point out a negative direction between the two, suggesting that governments react to crises by intervening in financial markets. However, in a dynamic setting with impulse-responses, we also illustrate that such interventions are only temporary and liberalization process restarts after a financial crisis. In the EU sample, however, we do not find sufficient evidence to support either of these observations.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HG Finance > HG1501 Banking
Depositing User: Orkun Saka
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2019 17:49
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2020 11:40

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