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Benchmarking financial systems around the world, Volume 1
 
Author:Cihak, Martin; Demirguc-Kunt, Asli; Feyen, Erik; Levine, Ross; Country:World;
Date Stored:2012/08/31Document Date:2012/08/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Access to Finance; Emerging Markets; Economic Theory & Research; Debt Markets; Banks & Banking Reform
Language:EnglishRegion:The World Region
Report Number:WPS6175Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 6175
Volume No:1Related Dataset:Financial Development and Structure Dataset (updated Nov. 2013);

Summary: This paper introduces the Global Financial Development Database, an extensive dataset of financial system characteristics for 205 economies from 1960 to 2010. The database includes measures of (a) size of financial institutions and markets (financial depth), (b) degree to which individuals can and do use financial services (access), (c) efficiency of financial intermediaries and markets in intermediating resources and facilitating financial transactions (efficiency), and (d) stability of financial institutions and markets (stability). The authors document cross-country differences and time series trends.

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