Dutta, Nabamita and Mukherjee, Deepraj (2011): Is culture a determinant of financial development? Published in: Applied Economics Letters No. 00 (May 2011): pp. 1-6.
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The paper investigates the missing link in the literature – whether informal institutions, or what is known as culture, can affect the level of financial development for a country? Our hypothesis stresses that the cultural dimensions of a country can have an impact on its financial set up. We consider multiple dimensions of culture, identified in the literature by Tabellini, to test our hypothesis. As culture evolve in the form of greater trust, control and other traits, individuals’ attitudes towards financial market change, and they engage in greater financial transactions. This, in turn, leads to better financial development. Using quantile estimation technique for a cross-section of 90 countries we find that culture significantly influences the level of financial development. To ensure the robustness of our findings we use Hofstede’s cultural dimension-‘uncertainty avoidance index’ as an alternative measure for culture. Our results hold for multiple measures of financial development.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Is culture a determinant of financial development?|
|English Title:||Is Culture a determinant of Financial Development?|
|Keywords:||Informal Institutions, Financial Development, Culture, Social capital|
|Subjects:||G - Financial Economics > G1 - General Financial Markets
Z - Other Special Topics > Z1 - Cultural Economics ; Economic Sociology ; Economic Anthropology
O - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O17 - Formal and Informal Sectors ; Shadow Economy ; Institutional Arrangements
|Depositing User:||Nabamita Dutta|
|Date Deposited:||10. Jan 2012 21:07|
|Last Modified:||12. Feb 2013 18:05|
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