Finance, Growth and Volatility

61 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2007 Last revised: 12 Sep 2012

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Yan Xu

HKU, Faculty of Business and Economics

Date Written: May 2007


I study the time series relation between financial development, economic growth and growth volatility in one unified framework. Relying on a parsimonious panel VAR framework with a panel of 81 countries between 1962 and 2000, I find significant positive Granger causality from financial development to growth and negative Granger causality from financial development to volatility of growth. Financial development accounts for 2.6% of negative forecast error covariance between growth and growth volatility. These empirical regularities, however, are detected in emerging countries only and not in advanced economies. My findings are consistent with the idea that financial development is especially beneficial to countries at the early stage of industrialization. Further, country specific economic environment and structural factors, such as banking concentration degree, proportion of privately held banks, and legal environments, determine the likelihood of both Granger causality from financial development to growth and volatility, and the fraction of covariance between growth and volatility due to financial development.

Keywords: Financial development, Economic growth volatility, Granger causality

JEL Classification: F30, F40, O16

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Xu, Yan, Finance, Growth and Volatility (May 2007). Available at SSRN: or

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