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Thesis - University Access Only
Master of Science (MS)
Department / School
Joseph M. Santos
In this paper, I examine the exogenous effect of financial-intermediary development on economic growth in a cross-section of 72 countries. I use the legal origins of countries and (potential) settler mortality for Europeans during the colonial era in order to extract the exogenous component of the measures of financial-intermediary development. I find that (log) settler mortality rates better explain the differences in the levels of development of financial sectors of countries today, than when using legal origins of countries. The results from a GMM-IV estimate reveal a strong, positive causality of the exogenous component of financial-intermediary development on long-run economic growth. Using deposits in the financial systems as the main measure for financial-intermediary development on economic growth, I conclude that, for example, if Central African Republic increased its financial system deposits/GDP value of 4.69% to the level of that for the USA of 66.12%, Central African Republic would accelerate its GDP/capita growth by an additional 12.41% in a year.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Economic Development -- Cross-cultural studies
Financial institutions -- Cross-cultural studies
Includes bibliographical references (pages 88-94)
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Abbey, Magdalene, "Financial Development and Economic Growth: A Cross Country Analysis" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1720.