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Drivers of Financial Integration: Implications for Asia

Nasha Ananchotikul, Shi Piao and Edda Zoli
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Shi Piao: International Monetary Fund
Edda Zoli: International Monetary Fund

PIER Discussion Papers from Puey Ungphakorn Institute for Economic Research

Abstract: Deeper intraregional financial integration is prominent on Asian policymakers' agenda. This paper takes stock of Asia's progress toward that objective, analyzing recent trends in crossborder portfolio investment and bank claims. Then, it investigates the drivers of financial integration by estimating a gravity model of bilateral financial asset holdings on a large sample of source and destination countries worldwide, focusing in particular on the role of regulation and institutions. The paper concludes that financial integration in Asia could be enhanced through policies that lower informational frictions, continue to buttress trade integration and capital market development, remove restrictions to foreign flows and bank penetration, and promote a common regulatory framework

Keywords: Financial Integration; Globalization; Gravity Model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G1 F36 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-08, Revised 2016-08
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