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Trade and financial openness and their impact on financial development: Evidence from South Asian economies

Imtiaz Arif (Department of Management Science, Iqra University, Karachi, Pakistan)
Amna Sohail Rawat (Department of Management Science, Iqra University, Karachi, Pakistan)

South Asian Journal of Business Studies

ISSN: 2398-628X

Article publication date: 15 March 2019

Issue publication date: 12 April 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to assess the impact of trade and financial sector openness and their simultaneous openness on financial development of South Asia.

Design/methodology/approach

To serve the purpose, a panel data set of four South Asian economies, namely, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, was constituted for the period spanning from 1996 to 2015. Along with the conventional panel unit root test and co-integration test, pooled mean group estimations were used to formulate the empirical findings.

Findings

The findings suggested a significant negative impact of financial openness and significant positive impact of trade openness on the financial development of South Asia. The empirical evidence did not support simultaneous openness of trade and financial sector for the studied region.

Originality/value

The study contributes to the existing literature by analyzing the effect of trade and financial openness on financial development of South Asia. The study provides substantial evidence to the stakeholders for formulating policies that can boost financial development of the region.

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Citation

Arif, I. and Rawat, A.S. (2019), "Trade and financial openness and their impact on financial development: Evidence from South Asian economies", South Asian Journal of Business Studies, Vol. 8 No. 1, pp. 26-39. https://doi.org/10.1108/SAJBS-06-2018-0063

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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