Financial Development and Economic Growth: The Role of the Stock Markets


Mohamed, Alaa Eldin 2001. Financial Development and Economic Growth: The Role of the Stock Markets. Thesis University of East London
AuthorsMohamed, Alaa Eldin

The relationship between financial markets and economic growth has interested
economists for decades. However, previous studies do not identify the unique role of
stock markets in economic growth, nor do they test explicitly if stock markets affect the
level or the growth rate of the economy. Several theoretical and empirical papers by
Levine (1991), Levine and Zervos (1995), Kunt (1992), and Kunt and Levine (1996) have
contributed to our understanding of how stock market development may affect
economic growth, but the common problem with them all is that no channel through
which stock markets can stimulate economic growth is explicitly identified.
This thesis deals with two issues concerning the relationship between stock markets
and economic growth. The study examines the nature of the causal link between stock
markets and economic growth using Toda and Yamamoto (1999) technique in testing for
causality relationship between the variables concerned. Focusing on the nature of
causality between stock markets and economic growth, the study examines the
endogenous growth hypothesis that fmancial markets enhance economic growth
performance specifically through the level and productivity of investment.
In the empirical part of the study, we analyze stock market data from seven countries
over 1979-1995. We use time-series analysis, and find that the development of stock
markets has a significant effect on the growth rate of real GDP. We also find evidence
that supports the endogenous growth hypothesis, where the level and productivity of
investment are important channels through which stock markets enhance economic

Keywordsstock markets; economic growth
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