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The evolution and impact of bank regulations (English)

This paper reassesses what works in banking regulation based on the new World Bank survey (Survey IV) of bank regulation and supervision around world. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6288 DEC 01, 2012

Barth, James R.; Levine, Ross; Caprio, Gerard, Jr.

How firms use domestic and international corporate bond markets (English)

This paper provides the first comprehensive documentation of how firms use domestic and international corporate bond markets. Debt issues in domestic and international markets have different characteristics, not explained by differences across firms or countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6209 SEP 01, 2012

Levine, Ross; Peria, Maria Soledad Martinez; Gozzi, Juan Carlos; Schmukler, Sergio L.

Benchmarking financial systems around the world (English)

This paper introduces the Global Financial Development Database, an extensive dataset of financial system characteristics for 205 economies from 1960 to 2010. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6175 AUG 01, 2012

Levine, Ross; Feyen, Erik; Cihak, Martin; Demirguc-Kunt, Asli

The evolving importance of banks and securities markets (English)

This paper examines the evolving importance of banks and securities markets during the process of economic development. As economies develop, they increase their demand for the services provided by securities markets relative to those provided by banks, such that securities markets become increasingly important for future economic development. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5805 SEP 01, 2011

Levine, Ross; Feyen, Erik; Demirguc-Kunt, Asli

The World Bank economic review 24 (1) (English)

This issue includes the following: On analyzing the world distribution of Income, by Anthony B. Atkinson and Andrea Brandolini. Do autocratic states trade less? ... See More +

Publication 73274 FEB 01, 2010

Atkinson, Anthony B.; Brandolini, Andrea; Aidt, Tokes; Gassebner, Martin; Beck, Thorston; Demirguc-Kunt, Asli; Levine, Ross; Glick, Peter; Sahn, David E.; Correa, Paulo G.; Fernandes, Ana M.; Uregian, Chris J.; Alix-Garcia, Jennifer; Saah, David

Financial institutions and markets across countries and over time : the updated financial development and structure database (English)

This article introduces the updated and expanded version of the financial development and structure database. The database includes indicators on the size, efficiency, and stability of banks, nonbank financial institutions, and equity and bond markets over 1960-2007. ... See More +

Journal Article 77635 FEB 01, 2010

Beck, Thorsten; Demirguc - Kunt, Asl; Levine, Ross

Finance and inequality : theory and evidence (English)

This paper critically reviews the literature on finance and inequality, highlighting substantive gaps in the literature. Finance plays a crucial role in most theories of persistent inequality. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4967 JUN 01, 2009

Levine, Ross; Demirguc-Kunt, Asli

Financial institutions and markets across countries and over time - data and analysis (English)

This paper introduces the updated and expanded version of the Financial Development and Structure Database and presents recent trends in structure and development of financial institutions and markets across countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4943 MAY 01, 2009

Levine, Ross; Beck , Thorsten; Demirguc-Kunt, Asli

Patterns of international capital raisings (English)

This paper documents several new patterns associated with firms issuing securities in foreign markets that motivate the need for and help guide future research. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4687 AUG 01, 2008

Levine, Ross; Schmukler, Sergio L.; Gozzi, Juan Carlos

Bank regulations are changing : for better or worse ? (English)

This paper presents new and official survey information on bank regulations in 142 countries and makes comparisons with two earlier surveys. The data do not suggest that countries have primarily reformed their bank regulations for the better over the last decade. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4646 JUN 01, 2008

Levine, Ross; Barth, James R.; Caprio, Gerard, Jr.

Finance and economic opportunity (English)

An influential body of theoretical research and an emerging line of empirical work suggest that the operation of the formal financial system affects the degree to which economic opportunities are defined by talent and initiative rather than by parental wealth and social connections. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4468 JAN 01, 2008

Demirguc-Kunt, Asli; Levine, Ross

Finance, financial sector policies, and long-run growth (English)

The first part of this paper reviews the literature on the relation between finance and growth. The second part of the paper reviews the literature on the historical and policy determinants of financial development. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4469 JAN 01, 2008

Demirguc-Kunt, Asli; Levine, Ross

Finance, financial sector policies, and long-run growth (English)

In this paper, authors first review the literature on the relation between finance and growth. Theory provides ambiguous predictions concerning the question of whether financial development exerts a positive, causative impact on long-run economic growth. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 57711 JAN 01, 2008

Levine, Ross; Demirguc-Kunt, Asli

Big bad banks ? the impact of U.S. branch deregulation on income distribution (English)

Policymakers and economists disagree about the impact of bank regulations on the distribution of income. Exploiting cross-state and cross-time variation, the authors test whether liberalizing restrictions on intra-state branching in the United States intensified, ameliorated, or had no effect on income distribution. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4330 AUG 01, 2007

Levine, Ross; Levkov, Alexey; Beck, Thorsten

Beyond Transition 18 (2) (English)

Barriers to banking, by Asli Demirguc_Kunt. Finance and opportunity, by Ross Levine and Asli Demirguc_Kunt. Risk taking by banks in transition countries by Paul Wachtel and Rainer Haselmann. ... See More +

Newsletter 41830 JUN 01, 2007

Demirguc Kunt, Asli; Levine, Ross; Wachtel, Paul; Haselmann, Rainer; Cull, Robert; Soledad, Maria; Hagmayr, Bettina; Haiss, Peter; Karas, Alexei; Pyle, William; Schoors, Koen; Dabla_Norris, Era; Floerkemeier, Holger; Billmeier, Andreas; Ding, Shuang; Torre, Augusto de la; Gozzi, Juan Carlos; Schmukler, Sergio L.; Goriaev, Alexei; Fungacova, Zuzana; Zelenyuk, Valentin; Keefer, Philip; Ju, Jiandong; Wei, Shang_Jin; Chawla, Mukesh; Betcherman, Gordon; Banerji, Arup; Sanfey, Peter; Steves, Franklin; Teksoz, Utku; Gurvich, Yevsei; Moore, David; Vamvakidis, Athanasios Russian

Beyond Transition 18 (2) (Russian)

Barriers to banking, by Asli Demirguc_Kunt. Finance and opportunity, by Ross Levine and Asli Demirguc_Kunt. Risk taking by banks in transition countries by Paul Wachtel and Rainer Haselmann. ... See More +

Newsletter 41830 JUN 01, 2007

Demirguc Kunt, Asli; Levine, Ross; Wachtel, Paul; Haselmann, Rainer; Cull, Robert; Soledad, Maria; Hagmayr, Bettina; Haiss, Peter; Karas, Alexei; Pyle, William; Schoors, Koen; Dabla_Norris, Era; Floerkemeier, Holger; Billmeier, Andreas; Ding, Shuang; Torre, Augusto de la; Gozzi, Juan Carlos; Schmukler, Sergio L.; Goriaev, Alexei; Fungacova, Zuzana; Zelenyuk, Valentin; Keefer, Philip; Ju, Jiandong; Wei, Shang_Jin; Chawla, Mukesh; Betcherman, Gordon; Banerji, Arup; Sanfey, Peter; Steves, Franklin; Teksoz, Utku; Gurvich, Yevsei; Moore, David; Vamvakidis, Athanasios English

Internationalization and the evolution of corporate valuation (English)

By documenting the evolution of Tobin's q before, during, and after firms internationalize, the authors provide evidence on the bonding, segmentation, and market timing theories of internationalization. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS3933 JUN 01, 2006

Levine, Ross; Schmukler, Sergio L.; Gozzi, Juan Carlos

Finance, firm size, and growth (English)

The authors examine whether financial development boosts the growth of small firms more than large firms and hence provides information on the mechanisms through which financial development fosters aggregate economic growth. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS3485 JAN 01, 2005

Demirguc-Kunt, Asli; Laeven, Luc; Levine, Ross; Beck, Thorsten

The Corporate Governance of Banks - a concise discussion of concepts and evidence (English)

The author examines the corporate governance of banks. When banks efficiently mobilize and allocate funds, this lowers the cost of capital to firms, boosts capital formation, and stimulates productivity growth. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS3404 SEP 01, 2004

Levine, Ross

Finance, inequality, and poverty: cross-country evidence (English)

While substantial research finds that financial development boosts overall economic growth, the authors study whether financial development is pro-poor: Does financial development disproportionately raise the income of the poor? ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS3338 JUN 01, 2004

Demirguc-Kunt, Asli; Levine, Ross; Beck, Thorsten

Title Document Date Report No. Document Type Also available in
The evolution and impact of bank regulations (English)
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DEC 01, 2012 WPS6288 Policy Research Working Paper
How firms use domestic and international corporate bond markets (English)
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SEP 01, 2012 WPS6209 Policy Research Working Paper
Benchmarking financial systems around the world (English)
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AUG 01, 2012 WPS6175 Policy Research Working Paper
The evolving importance of banks and securities markets (English)
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SEP 01, 2011 WPS5805 Policy Research Working Paper
The World Bank economic review 24 (1) (English)
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FEB 01, 2010 73274 Publication
Financial institutions and markets across countries and over time : the updated financial development and structure database (English)
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FEB 01, 2010 77635 Journal Article
Finance and inequality : theory and evidence (English)
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JUN 01, 2009 WPS4967 Policy Research Working Paper
Financial institutions and markets across countries and over time - data and analysis (English)
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MAY 01, 2009 WPS4943 Policy Research Working Paper
Patterns of international capital raisings (English)
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AUG 01, 2008 WPS4687 Policy Research Working Paper
Bank regulations are changing : for better or worse ? (English)
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JUN 01, 2008 WPS4646 Policy Research Working Paper
Finance and economic opportunity (English)
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JAN 01, 2008 WPS4468 Policy Research Working Paper
Finance, financial sector policies, and long-run growth (English)
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JAN 01, 2008 WPS4469 Policy Research Working Paper
Finance, financial sector policies, and long-run growth (English)
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JAN 01, 2008 57711 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Big bad banks ? the impact of U.S. branch deregulation on income distribution (English)
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AUG 01, 2007 WPS4330 Policy Research Working Paper
Beyond Transition 18 (2) (English)
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JUN 01, 2007 41830 Newsletter Russian
Beyond Transition 18 (2) (Russian)
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JUN 01, 2007 41830 Newsletter English
Internationalization and the evolution of corporate valuation (English)
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JUN 01, 2006 WPS3933 Policy Research Working Paper
Finance, firm size, and growth (English)
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JAN 01, 2005 WPS3485 Policy Research Working Paper
The Corporate Governance of Banks - a concise discussion of concepts and evidence (English)
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SEP 01, 2004 WPS3404 Policy Research Working Paper
Finance, inequality, and poverty: cross-country evidence (English)
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JUN 01, 2004 WPS3338 Policy Research Working Paper