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Department of Economics, Stockholm University Research Papers in Economics, Department of Economics, Stockholm University

No 2000:11:
Does Financial Development Lead to Trade Liberalization?

Helena Svaleryd and Jonas Vlachos ()

Abstract: It has long been argued that trade restrictions can be motivated by insurance considerations in the absence of full risk diversification. Recent theoretical research suggests that markets for risk can alleviate resistance to reform and protectionist lobby group pressure. We empirically address the hypothesis that institutions

reducing risk can facilitate liberal trade policy. Our results reveal a robust positive relationship between

openness to trade and the development of domestic and international financial markets.

Keywords: Financial markets; Trade policy; Panel data; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: F13; G20; (follow links to similar papers)

35 pages, September 10, 2000

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