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Stock markets, banks and economic growth in the UK, 1850–1913

Walter Jansson

Financial History Review, 2018, vol. 25, issue 3, 263-296

Abstract: This article shows that neither stock markets nor commercial banks had a significant impact on the UK's economic growth from 1850 to 1913. These results are based on a new dataset on paid-in capital of securities listed on the UK's stock exchanges, which is analysed using a vector autoregression with time-varying parameters. Econometric results also indicate that the growth of the banking sector and the capital markets was, to a significant extent, driven by factors other than domestic economic growth.

Date: 2018
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