Financial development and innovation activity: Evidence from selected east asian countries

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Abstract

This paper examines the role of financial development in promoting innovation-related activity using panel data for seven East Asian countries for the period from 1998-2009. On overall financial development, we find that, financial sector size and the overall activity of banks and stock market exert positive influences on patent applications. In particular, our results show that all measures of banking development are positively and significantly related to the number of patent applications after controlling for variables known to affect innovative activities. Interestingly, we find no evidence that variation in patent applications is affected by a country’s stock market development. The findings suggest that banking sector plays important roles in supporting innovation activity in East Asian countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-180
Number of pages19
JournalPrague Economic Papers
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • Banking development
  • Financial development
  • Innovative activities
  • Patents
  • Stock market development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Finance

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