DP7048 Openness, Financial Markets, and Policies: Cross-Country and Dynamic Patterns

Author(s): Giuseppe Bertola, Anna Lo Prete
Publication Date: November 2008
Keyword(s): financial development, globalization, Social policy
JEL(s): F4
Programme Areas: International Macroeconomics
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We document significant and robust empirical relationships in cross-country panel data between government size or social expenditure on the one hand, and trade and financial development indicators on the other. Across countries, deeper economic integration is associated with more intense government redistribution, but more developed financial markets weaken that relationship. Over time, controlling for country-specific effects, public social expenditure appears to be eroded by globalization trends where financial market development can more easily substitute for it.