Financialisation in Emerging Economies: A Systematic Overview and Comparison with Anglo-Saxon Economies

Karwowski, Ewa and Stockhammer, Engelbert (2016) Financialisation in Emerging Economies: A Systematic Overview and Comparison with Anglo-Saxon Economies. (Discussion Paper) Kingston upon Thames, U.K. : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University. 41 p. (Economics Discussion Papers, no. 2016-11)

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Financialisation research has originally focussed on the US experience, but the concept is now increasingly applied to emerging economies (EMEs). There is a rich literature stressing peculiarities of individual country experiences, but little systematic comparison across EMEs. This paper fills this gap, providing an overview of the debate and identifying six financialisation interpretations for EMEs. These different interpretations stress (1) financial deregulation (2) foreign financial inflows, (3) asset price volatility, (4) the shift from bank-based to market-based finance, (5) business debt, and (6) household indebtedness. We construct and compare measures of the six financialisation interpretations across a sample of 17 EMEs from Latin America, emerging Europe, Africa and Asia, contrasting them with the US and UK, two financialised economies. We find considerable variation in financialisation experiences of EMEs. Asset price volatility is found across continents. Asia has been more exposed to capital inflows, stock markets have gained importance and private sector debt risen. In emerging Europe financial deregulation has been more pronounced with lower levels but strong increases in household debt. The picture is similar in South Africa, the African EME in the sample, where household debt is comparatively high. Financialisation in Latin America is weaker according to our measures.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: financialisation; emerging markets; financial instability; asset price volatility; heterodox economi
Research Area: Economics and econometrics
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (until 2017) > School of Economics, History and Politics (from November 2012)
Depositing User: Andrea Ingianni
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2017 11:46
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2017 11:46
DOI: 2016-11

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